Council members Martin Standard and Trudie Causey previously voted against Jerkins’ wishes of awarding contracts to a company that owed the city money in back taxes to chairmanships of standing committees.
In August, the Austell City Council awarded nine contracts, totaling $65,475, to Carlos Jones Construction Company at a special called meeting. The contracts were for the demolition of 18 city-purchased homes that were damaged in the September 2009 flood.
Standard and Causey were the only dissenting votes in a 4-2 decision to award the contracts to the Hiram-based company.
Jerkins, who has sole authority each year to assign committee chairs, said Standard and Causey acted against the city’s interests.
“They’re totally working against the city because (Jones) hadn’t paid his taxes,” he said. “They were totally wrong. He’s done the job. He’s done it good and saved the city some money. And he paid his taxes. They made a big issue out of it.”
Jerkins compared his authority to that of President Barack Obama, who makes unilateral appointments to his cabinet.
“I don’t think President Obama has appointed any Republicans,” Jerkins said.
Causey said she is not upset with the mayor’s decision, but describes her relationship with Jerkins as “OK.”
“I think he expects everybody to just support him, and I’m not going to support every issue if I don’t feel like it’s in the best interest of the people,” she said.
“I felt like Carlos (Jones) should not have been awarded that contract because he owned the city a little over $19,000, and he had previous contracts with the city and had not paid the money. … You know, $19,000 is a lot of money.”
Standard could not be reached for comment.
In 2011, Standard served as chairman of the public works committee and Causey chaired the community development committee.
While not assigned as chairpersons this year, Standard will be a member of the community development and general administration committees and Causey will sit on the finance and parks committees.
The finance and police department committees are being chaired by Councilwoman Virginia Reagan; the general administration and public works committees are chaired by Councilwoman Kirsten Anderson; the fire department and parks committees are chaired by Councilman Scott Thomas; and newly elected Councilwoman Suzanne Thomason is chairwoman of the community development committee.