Camden City Council will enter executive session near the end of its meeting tonight to discuss a personnel matter. Immediately afterward, council will vote on a resolution that would authorize Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford to execute an employment agreement between the city and the city manager, currently Mel Pearson.
Pearson, who previously served as the city’s finance director and assistant city manager, became interim city manager in January 2013. A little more than a month later, council voted unanimously voted to offer him the position as permanent city manager.
In other business tonight, council plans to proclaim July as Small Cities Month in conjunction with the city’s hosting of the National League of Cities’ Small Cities Council conference that starts Wednesday. The three-day event will actually include some activities on Saturday as well.
Council will also consider proclaiming all of 2019 as “The Year of Camden Military Academy.” The academy is celebrating its 60th year of operation. Although the academy’s full history dates back to 1892 the current campus in east Camden opened during the 1958-59 school year.
Also on tonight’s agenda:
• A presentation by Kassy Alia Ray, chief executive officer and founder of Serve and Connect, which has been working with the Camden Police Department this year.
• Second and final reading of two rezoning ordinances. One would rezone the adjoining properties at 709 Mill St. and 208 King St. from Industrial to Limited Business District. The other would rezone 1101 Roberts St. from R-15 (residential) to General Business District.
• Consideration of the reappointment of Diana Wenman and the appointment of Donna Cox to the Camden Parks and Trees Commission.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on the second floor of Camden City Hall, 1000 Lyttleton St., and is open to the public.