Fairborn City Council will continue to investigate accusations made against City Manager Deborah McDonnell after meeting in executive session for nearly four hours Wednesday night.
McDonnell, Fairborn’s city manager since May 2007, has been accused of inappropriate remarks against a resident — an accusation she strongly denies.
No action was taken after Wednesday’s executive session and the investigation will continue, Mayor Tom Nagel said.
“There is no conclusion or decision to this matter,” Nagel said. “It’s still under investigation and I cannot make any comment beyond that.”
Nagel said that he “suspects” council will meet again, but a date has not been set. McDonnell declined to comment following the executive session.
Two city employees — Pete Bales, public administrative services director, and Jim Sawyer, city engineer, were brought in separately to meet with council. Lastly, McDonnell met with council behind closed doors for 35 minutes.
During public comment at Monday night’s city council meeting, accusations were made against McDonnell by residents Matt and Eva Stidham.
Matt Stidham claims McDonnell told city employees during a private meeting that “(Eva) is a troublemaker. She had a heart attack last year and maybe she will have another one and die.”
McDonnell said earlier this week that what she has been alleged of saying is a “false statement” and she has the “ultimate respect” for the Stidhams.
Following Matt Stidham’s accusations, council went into emergency executive session in the middle of Monday’s meeting for about 40 minutes.
The Stidhams, who live on East Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, alleged McDonnell made the statement related to the city potentially making changes to that road. Matt Stidham said those changes would decrease the value of their home by $40,000.
Eva Stidham said she had a stroke last year and has made a 99 percent recovery.
Council unanimously approved a four-year contract for McDonnell in May 2012, which included an increase in salary and vehicle allowance.