Mayor calls for greater accountability on city’s law department

Mayor Rodney Elliott is calling for greater accountability on the part of the city’s law department, citing the recent discovery that more than $200,000 of taxpayer money has been spent for outside counsel to defend four library employees in a discrimination case filed by two former employees. Former Pollard Memorial Library assistant Diane Cloutier alleges she was treated unfairly by coworkers because of a vision problem and was later fired in retaliation for filing an initial discrimination claim; Donna Deuso alleges she was forced to resign after being harassed due to her friendship with Cloutier. In questioning spending by the law department, Elliott is now seeking a city manager report on the process used to select counsel and the costs involved.