CLINTON — The Clinton City Council is recommending that City Administrator Jeffrey Horne resign.

The action came after a 15-minute closed session Monday with Horne. The council met in special session to review the city administrator’s job performance, and Horne requested that the session be closed to the public.

The vote for the closed session was 5-1, with council member Paul Gassman, 4th Ward, voting no. Council member Jennifer Graf, at large, was absent.

Horne has been on leave for past several weeks for personal reasons, with no other explanation given.

After the closed session, City Attorney Jeff Farwell told the council that according to the employment agreement with Horne, the council had three options:

  • Retain the city administrator.
  • Terminate his services, which would include a six-month salary payment and health benefits for six months.
  • Recommend a resignation, with the same settlement as the termination.

The council approved the option to recommend the resignation, with the six-month salary to be paid in increments twice a month. There was no discussion on the issue in public session, and it was approved 6-0, with Graf absent.

Horne made no comments during the public portion of the meeting and did not respond to requests for comment after the meeting.

Mayor Mark Vulich reported late Monday afternoon that no resignation had been submitted and there would not be any action item on the issue on the agenda for tonight’s council meeting.

Horne started his job in October 2009 at a salary of $95,000.