MENOMINEE — Menominee City Manager Ted Andrzejewski may have violated the city charter by hiring a temporary assessor.

The temporary assessor interviewed and hired by Andrzejewski on Friday reported to Menominee City Hall and began work duties on Tuesday afternoon. Andrzejewski hired Robert Desjarlais, a Level II assessor, to temporary fill in for Jill Schwanz, a Level III assessor, who is on medical leave and has filed a worker’s compensation claim against the city.

Council member Bill Plemel said on Tuesday that the city manager went against three sections of the city charter, adopted Jan. 1, 1996.
Plemel said Andrzejewski had “no authority and violated the personnel policy by not posting the city assessor’s job.”

“We have the ability to discuss any hiring before it is done,” said Plemel.

Council members were unable to discuss the hiring of the temporary assessor.

The three sections of the charter that Andrzejewski may have violated:

Section 2.04 (b) regarding Compensation, expenses states neither the city council nor any of its members shall in any manner, other than by confirmation provided for in this charter, or demand the appointment or removal of any city administrative officer or employee  whom the city manager or any subordinate of the city manager is empowered to appoint, but the council may express its views and fully and freely discuss with the city manager anything pertaining to appointment and removal of such officers and employees.

n Section 4.04 regarding city assessor states a city assessor shall be appointed by city manager subject to confirmation of two-thirds of the council members elect.

Section 3.04 regarding powers and duties of the city manager states the city manager is the chief administrative officers of the city responsible to the council for the administration of all city affairs under this  charter. The city manager shall (1) appoint, hire, and when necessary for the good the service, suspend or remove all city employees and appointive administrative officers provided for by or under this charter, except as otherwise provided by law, this charter or personnel rules adopted pursuant to this charter. The city manager many authorize any administrative officer subject to the manager’s direction and supervision to exercise these powers with respect to subordinates in that officer’s department, officer or agency and (2) direct and supervise the administration of all departments, offices and agencies of the city, except as otherwise provided by this charter or by law.

When contacted by the EagleHerald on Tuesday about whether or not he violated the city charter, Andrzejewski said he “was not going to comment.” Asked about whether the temporary city assessor started working at city hall on Tuesday, Andrzejewski said “no comment.”
City hall employees informed the EagleHerald that the temporary assessor did indeed start working Tuesday.

Council member Mark Erickson and Plemel said they are looking to have a special council meeting as soon as possible.

City Attorney Rob Jamo was not at city hall or available for comment Tuesday.