Through action described as a mandate by voters, the newly-elected Chillicothe City Council members asked for the resignation of City Administrator Dean Brookshier during a closed session Monday evening at City Hall.


Through action described as a mandate by voters, the newly-elected Chillicothe City Council members asked for the resignation of City Administrator Dean Brookshier during a closed session Monday evening at City Hall.

Within minutes of opening the first regular meeting of the 102nd council before a room full of community members and city department managers, Councilman-at-Large David Moore made the motion to go into executive session. That motion was seconded by 3rd Ward Councilman Tom Douglas. The council then exited the chambers to conduct their private meeting.

About 10 minutes later, Chillicothe Police Chief Rick Knouse entered the council chambers and retrieved Brookshier’s nameplate which had been placed in front of the administrator’s chair during council meetings. A?few minutes later, the council returned at which time Mayor Chuck Haney announced to the crowd that the council had just accepted Brookshier’s resignation.

Councilman-at-Large David Moore said that no votes were taken in that meeting, but that the request of Brookshier’s resignation was supported by the full council.

“During the election there was a common theme... that voters gave us the indication they were unhappy with the way the city was being run,” he said at the conclusion of Monday night’s meetings.

He said that it was not “any one thing” which prompted their request for Brookshier’s departure but said that there was a new council and that they wanted to have a fresh start.

“We want to make this a positive change for the city,” Moore said. “We feel it was necessary to move on with the new council. We feel we were mandated to make the change.”

Moore said that is not uncommon for city administrators to be in their positions only a few years at a time.

Brookshier was hired by a unanimous vote of the council and began duties in December 2007. Fourth Ward ?Councilwoman Pam Jarding was serving on the council at that time but did not file for re-election in 2009.

Only one member of the current council was re-elected to a two-year term earlier this month — that being 3rd Ward Councilman Tom Douglas. Others now serving, in addition to Moore and Jarding, are 1st Ward Councilman Reed Dupy and 2nd Ward Councilman Wayne Cunningham.

Brookshier began as administrator with a starting annual salary of $85,000, and an additional $25,600 in benefits. He was hired to fill the vacancy created when part-time administrator John Edwards resigned. Brookshier had been employed as deputy chief of staff for U.S. Congressman Sam Graves at the time of employment with the city.

His annual salary, including benefits, at the time of his resignation was $112,246. As part of his severance agreement, Brookshier will receive three months’ pay. He will also be eligible for COBRA health insurance.

Moore said it is the city’s desire to pursue the hiring of a new city administrator as quickly as possible and said that the city will likely have a special executive session later this week, to start the process of appointing a committee to assist in the recruitment of a new administrator. That meeting has been set for 6 p.m. Wednesday and will be closed to the public.

After having returned to the council chambers following the executive session and the announcement of Brookshier’s resignation, the council immediately addressed the business at hand according to the published agenda and when completed entered into a second executive session around 8:20 p.m. No votes were taken during the second executive session, according to Moore.

Moore said the city will be in a transitional stage but that the department heads, City Hall employees, the mayor, and himself will be able to temporarily handle the day-to-day operations of the city.

“We have a close-knit group at City Hall and we believe we can all pull together,” he said, adding that the department heads are capable of seeing their departments continue to operate as normal.