Pittsburg Council votes to terminate City Secretary

By SONYA ROBERTS-WOODS/Publisher
The City of Pittsburg is now without a City Secretary after council members voted unanimously to terminate Victoria Janway during its regular monthly meeting Oct. 1.
Janway, who was first employed by the City in December 2014 as the Water Billing Clerk, officially assumed the City Secretary’s position in January 2016. The Pittsburg High School graduate began training under longtime former City Secretary Margaret Jackson in June 2015 following Jackson’s retirement.
The City Secretary’s position reports directly to the City Council and assists the City Manager. The City Secretary is responsible for the financial matter of the city and ensures that the accounting, utility billing, collection department, municipal court and customer service is operating effectively and efficiently. Additionally, the city secretary prepares the agendas, packets and records minutes for the City Council, is responsible for city records including notices of resolutions and ordinances, attests all city documents, conducts city elections, maintains all contracts, deeds and other official documents, maintains the official seal and administers the personnel policy and insurance programs.
A statement from the City Attorney, obtained by The Tri-County Press Tuesday morning Oct. 2,   read:
“At the regular monthly City Council Meeting on October 1, 2018, the City Council terminated the employment of City Secretary Victoria Janway for violation of City Personnel Policy dealing with prohibited personal transactions. After consultation with the City Attorney and Chief of Police, the City Council decided to terminate Ms. Janway’s employment. There was no loss of city funds involved in the matter.”
City Manager Clint Hardeman indicated no plans have currently been made regarding next steps in eventually replacing Janway.
In other matters, the Council approved the appointment of Matthew Lemarr to Assistant Police Chief.
“The appointment…allows for greater professional development for the Pittsburg Police Department, the City of Pittsburg and will ultimately benefit our citizens,” explained Pittsburg Police Chief Richard Penn. “Matthew was served our citizens faithfully for over 16 years and we look toward many more years of service.”
The Council also approved the appointment of Dustin Ellis to serve on the Pittsburg Main Street Advisory Board. Ellis will assume the seat formerly held by longtime board member and local business owner Paul Mayben.