Marion Council President Deborah Cain is seeking to appoint a Marion Police Department (MPD) officer to serve as sergeant-at-arms for council meetings following an alleged break in decorum and heated discussion with Mayor Jess Alumbaugh at a recent meeting.

At the Oct. 6 meeting, Alumbaugh stepped to the podium while Councilwoman Robin Fouce was speaking during committee reports, after Fouce and Councilman Brian Cowgill had expressed frustration at the administration for not getting hazard pay approved and settled for city frontline workers. Members of the public, including the mayor, are not typically permitted to speak during committee reports, but Alumbaugh stated he felt the proceedings had become a “public hearing” and a “public roasting” of his character and he wanted the chance to give a rebuttal to the council members’ statements.

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