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COUNCIL FAILS TO ACT ON BID TO WITHDRAW RESIGNATION

As of today, City Developer Lance Anderson is no longer a city employee because the City Council failed to act to allow him to withdraw his resignation.

Ross Peters, city attorney, issued a ruling Wednesday that Anderson will no longer be on the payroll beginning today. He was being paid $15,000 by the city for promotion and development tasks.

Anderson also is head of the city's Industrial Development Agency and Local Development Corp., each job paying him $15,000 a year. His status in these posts is unclear, however.

Several weeks ago, Anderson resigned as city developer amid a controversy about his personal development activities. Last week, however, he changed his mind and in a letter to Mayor Rosie Haog said he was withdrawing his resignation.

Democratic mayoral candidate Carmen Vecchiarella questioned Anderson's actions and referred to city civil service law requiring Council action to rescind the resignation.

Anderson, Peters said, "is not a worker as of today and will not be paid." Peters also said he is "not prepared to answer" whether the city's termination of Anderson's job ends his posts with the two other agencies.

James Mongillo, IDA vice chairman, said, "The events of this past few months have compromised (Anderson's) ability to perform his duties as executive director of the IDA. This can only be corrected by installation of a new director."

Mongillo, a Democratic candidate for alderman, said he will ask for Anderson's resignation at the next IDA meeting.

The City Council is not scheduled to meet until Wednesday. It is unclear whether Anderson will have enough support to get the resignation rescinded.

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