What is Acceptable Attendance for a City Councilperson?

April 21, 2016 at 7:20 am Leave a comment


By Andrew Richter

It’s a shame this even has to be a subject, but on the Crystal City Council an issue is popping up: the attendance of Section 1 Councilperson Laura Libby.

I listened to the Crystal City Council Work Session on April 19 where a discussion took place about this. So I decided to do some research and honestly Libby’s attendance at council work sessions (where the bread and butter really takes place) is so abysmal I almost can’t believe these numbers are real. I’ve looked at her attendance at city council work sessions for the past eight months, which is a large sample size. I’m not cherry picking a week here and there. Anyhow, here it is;

Work Session Date/If Libby was there or not

September 1, 2015    NO

September 10, 2015    NO

September 16, 2015    YES

October 1, 2015    NO

October 6, 2015    NO

October 8, 2015     NO

October 20, 2015     YES

October 31, 2015     NO

November 5, 2015     YES

November 12, 2015     YES

November 17, 2015     YES

December 1, 2015     YES

December 10, 2015    NO

December 15, 2015     YES

January 5, 2016     NO

January 14, 2016    NO

January 19, 2016    NO

January 25, 2016    NO

February 11, 2016    NO

February 16, 2016   YES

February 18, 2016    NO

February 23, 2016     NO

February 29, 2016    YES

March 10, 2016     NO

March 15, 2016    YES

April 5, 2016     NO

April 7, 2016     NO

April 14, 2016     NO

April 19, 2016     YES

Attendance figures can be seen on the meeting minutes HERE

So she’s made 11 of the past 29 work sessions over the last eight months. That’s 38% attendance record. Seriously WTF?

At the April 19 work session Ms. Libby claims she’s “been sick” and maybe she has been but honestly, a 38% attendance over an EIGHT MONTH period is simply unacceptable.

I hope she recovers her health if that’s really the problem but folks, Laura Libby is being PAID to go to these meetings and represent Wards 1 and 2 and I’m guessing she’s not giving the money back. Don’t these wards deserve representation? If you had a 38% attendance record at your job, what would your boss say?

I know this much, Libby thinks of herself as some sort of Green Party celebrity so you know she’s not resigning. I can’t see her not running for re-election either and I predict her health will suddenly get better as campaign season approaches (wink, wink).

To me, though, the larger question is: what is an acceptable number of absences for a city council member?

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