CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday voted to censure two civil service commissioners for “highly inappropriate” comments made when they twice blocked the temporary promotion of a police lieutenant.
The council voted 3 to 2 to publicly reprimand Civil Service Board Vice Chairman Nathan Schlossman and his colleague, former Burbank Mayor Mary Lou Howard, arguing that despite confusion, the board did not act in bad faith. The vote came on a motion from Councilman Dave Golonski after he failed to secure support to remove the commissioners.
“I think they stepped so far out of their domain in the discussion,” Golonski said. “This is a department that is facing a pretty significant crisis. And we have a board that is supposed to be helping the city govern going really far afield in this case.”