The City Council voted Wednesday night to begin proceedings that could lead to the dismissal of Public Health Administrator Janelle Grammer.
The council voted to direct city staff to schedule a hearing on Grammer's job performance. The hearing, which is held in closed session unless Grammer requests otherwise, is the only way the city can fire an administrative manager.
The city cannot reveal its grounds for the hearing, said Scott Letteney, acting city administrator. Grammer is suspended without pay pending the outcome of the hearing.
Aldermen were mum on their vote to schedule the hearing, referring all questions to Letteny.
Administrative managers, like the public health administrator, are hired by the mayor and approved by the City Council. The mayor cannot fire an administrative manager; only a vote by the City Council can remove them from office.
No date has been scheduled for Grammer's hearing.