In a shocking announcement, Jackson Council President Marty Flemming announced during tonight’s council meeting that he will be stepping down from his position as President of the township body.
However, in a move that is raising eyebrows, Flemming will keep his seat on the council – for now.
According to sources familiar with the situation who spoke to TLS, Flemming’s decision to remain on the council was only so he can have a say in who should succeed him, as opposed to Mayor Reina having the tiebreaker vote.
Following the announcement, Councilman Stephen M. Chisholm, Jr. was voted in to replace Flemming.
TLS can also confirm that the move raises severe ethical concerns concerning the “Sunshine Act.”
The “Sunshine Law,” otherwise known as the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), gives the public the right to be present at meetings of public bodies and to witness in full detail the deliberation, policy formulation and decision making of public bodies.
However, some are alleging that Flemming and Chisholm may have had secret discussions prior to tonight’s meeting to discuss their strategy.
The law applies to any “public body” of the state, including county, or the municipal level of government.