Plan B for When Local Government Officials Are Placed on Administrative Leave

Downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan Downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan Susan Montgomery /

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Like plenty of others this week, we here at GovExec State & Local are traveling for the holidays and this morning, we’re hanging out on the edge of the University of Michigan’s central campus, which is fairly desolate.  

A couple blocks away at City Hall, there’s an interesting situation the city government here is currently dealing with.

What happens when two city officials who process building permits and perform other important functions are placed on paid administrative leave for reasons that have not yet been explained?

Bring in a contractor.

According to The Ann Arbor News:

The city has hired Carlisle/Wortman Associates Inc., a private firm based in Ann Arbor, to help run the building department on a temporary basis.

The firm has been given authority to approve building permits and conduct plan reviews, essentially acting as the city's building official.

"We do provide building code consultation services to a number of communities, occasionally on an interim basis, and that's what we're doing," said Dick Carlisle, the company's president.

The city has entered into a contract with the firm for up to $25,000 worth of services with no definite end date.

Because the situation involves personnel matters, the city hasn’t commented on what led to the paid administrative leave, The News reports.

(Image by Susan Montgomery /


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