Photo by Elaine Rackley Riverdale City Councilman Kenny Ruffin and Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon waited for 20 minutes for late-arriving council members to hold Monday’s special called city council meeting.
RIVERDALE — Riverdale is looking for a new city attorney, though it has had one for more than a year. How quickly it conducts the search for a replacement is a source of contention.
Councilman Kenny Ruffin says 30 days isn’t sufficient to give Riverdale “the proper time to interview everybody.” But the council voted 3-1 to proceed anyway Monday.
“To do something of that magnitude, we need to have the proper or sufficient time in order to get the best pool of candidates possible,” Ruffin said. “In my mind, that takes 60 days. I think we need more time to ensure not only enough good candidates are selected, but also sufficiently interviewed by the appointment date of the second Monday in January.”
David V. Johnson currently serves as the city’s attorney. The city hasn’t made it clear why it’s conducting the search, how many candidates have lined up for the position, or how many it hopes to get — though Johnson is one of them.
“We have not been made aware of the total number of applicants thus far,” said Riverdale Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon.
Candidates began submitting résumés Monday. The deadline to apply for the position is Dec. 21, according to officials.
Councilwoman Cynthia Stamps-Jones told Ruffin the idea isn’t to rush into anything, and that if more time is needed, the city can always extend its deadline.
“It is not to replace anyone in three weeks,” Stamps-Jones said.
But Ruffin maintained his position.
“I feel concern that we are rushing it,” he responded.
Johnson declined comment about the search, which could cost him his position.
“I think Mr. Ruffin made himself pretty clear,” he said.