Pataskala Mayor Steve Butcher and some city council members disagree about how residents should be appointed to the city's boards and commissions.

Pataskala Mayor Steve Butcher and some city council members disagree about how residents should be appointed to the city's boards and commissions.

Councilman Bernard Brush made a motion at council's Nov. 16 meeting to postpone a decision on the mayor's 10 appointees or re-appointees to panels such as the board of zoning appeals, the planning and zoning commission and the parks and recreation advisory board.

Butcher was absent from the meeting in which council approved Brush's motion.

Mayoral appointments must be certified by the council.

"I think it behooves us to have another open process," Brush said. "I would like to take résumés."

Several residents are interested in serving Pataskala, he said.

Some of Butcher's recommendations that appeared as motions on the meeting agenda included Joe Gernert, a previous candidate for city council, to the planning and zoning commission; Ann Walther to the parks and recreation advisory board; and Roy Nichols, former deputy police chief, to the personnel board of review.

Butcher said he does not understand why council members would not accept his recommendations since he has made similar recommendations for the last several years.

"What's interesting and a little frustrating is the insinuation that we need to do interviews," he said. "I recognize that council may not know these people just because I know them. I've done the interviews. É They are my appointments."

He said he checked with Rufus Hurst, city law director, to confirm that the appointments are the mayor's prerogative.

Butcher said the charter allows council to veto his appointments, but he would be allowed to name others to those positions. Council members have 60 days to make a decision or the mayor's appointments automatically go into effect.

Brush said he wants to give other residents a chance to serve.

"We have a lot of people that have different backgrounds, and they can bring different expertise to the boards," he said.

Butcher said he has sufficiently vetted all the residents he wishes to appoint.

"I try to create some balance on boards," he said. "For four years, I've made appointments, and council has supported them and we have not had boards that we've had a lot of complaints out of our residents or any issues with. I don't' know what's suddenly caused this consternation."