Council to consider removing parks commissioner

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HOLLISTER

The Hollister City Council tonight is set to discuss the possible removal of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Don Kelley due to a perceived conflict of interest.

Kelley, who holds the same position with the county, has held the city role for the last eight years. The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. at Hollister City Hall, 375 Fifth St.

In October, Mayor Doug Emerson called for him to resign from his position because, the mayor contended, it creates a conflict of interest between the city and the county.

Upon being asked to take on the role by Supervisor Don Marcus, he e-mailed the public works director to ensure there wouldn’t be any conflict of interest.

He said the only reason he thinks he’s being asked to resign is over enforcement of safety rules at the skate park. After bringing it up to the mayor, he said he hasn’t gotten a straight answer.

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