Three categories of allegations in a resolution against Clarksburg City Manager

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WDTV)-- There are three categories of allegations in a resolution against Clarksburg City Manager, Martin Howe.

Clarksburg Mayor, Ryan Kennedy was able to confirm that the allegations in the resolution, urban decay, misappropriation of funds and unprofessionalism.

Kennedy also confirmed that Howe attempted a buy out.

Kennedy wrote the resolution which be part of a public discussion Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the city municipal building

According to Kennedy, if the resolution passes, Howe will be on paid leave for 30 days while city council investigates the allegations.

UPDATE 7/10/19 6:00 PM
"We don't want this to be a distraction from governing the city,"

Newly elected mayor Ryan Kennedy is tackling his first major conflict as mayor.

Since the induction of new council members, issues between council and longtime city manager Martin Howe have emerged.

"Last week a representative of our city manager approached me and indicated that he wasn't necessarily comfortable with working with some of the people who just got elected to council,"

Following this, mayor Kennedy was presented with a proposition.

"He was looking to possibly do a voluntary buyout where council would agree to pay him a certain amount of money and in exchange he would resign,"

Instead, Kennedy decided to put together a public discussion where both sides could discuss their issues.

"We're actually going to have a public comment period where people can step up to the microphone and speak either for or against the city manager's performance,"

Following the public portion council will be discussing a resolution they put together regarding several specific issues they've identified with the city manager.

"Basically it covers three things: number one is mismanagement of the city," Kennedy said "He's been our city manager for 14 years now and during that time the city has gotten a lot worse, we have a crime problem that's out of control, we have a drug problem that's out of control,"

The second issue to be discussed is allegations that the city manager mismanaged funds.

"Allegations of misappropriations of funds where he or maybe other people benefited from city money that they weren't supposed to have,"

Other allegations include mismanaging documents according to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

"Allegations that he didn't disclose certain documents that should have been disclosed under FOIA," Kennedy said "He also disclosed documents that shouldn't have been disclosed under FOIA,"

And the third main issue will be allegations of disrespecting other members of city council.

After these allegations are discussed council will vote whether or not to suspend the city manager for 30 days, during which they will investigate these claims before making a final decision

"We don't know for sure whether all these allegations are true at this point," Kennedy said "We're only voting on whether there's enough there to suspend him for 30 days so we can look into it, have a cooling off period, and then we'll come back in 30 days to determine whether we want him to remain as our city manager or not,"

We reached out to city manager Martin Howe to comment on these allegations but he did not return our calls.

The meeting will be held in this building at 6 P.M. Thursday in the city council chambers, located on the second floor of the city municipal building.