Council President Cathy Barnette said she is being politically attacked because she is personally vulnerable — her husband had two recent heart surgeries, her family’s income dropped and her credit score plummeted.
As a result, the city’s bank wouldn’t bond her, as required by city law. The council voted Feb. 7 to drop the requirement that the council’s president and president pro tempore carry $500,000 bonds to protect the municipality against theft or loss.
Last week, Mayor Fred Small vetoed the ordinance. He said Monday that he had tried to avoid airing out Barnette’s personal business, but he’d been forced to do so.