Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Kathleen Conway out as Rockville City Clerk
The personnel change occurred outside of public view, most likely at an executive session on September 18. That session was closed to the public, but the agenda description specified that it was called to discuss issues related to the City Clerk position.
Rockville Director of Communication Marylou Berg says that because the change is a personnel matter, the City has no further comment. A source with knowledge of the situation says the change was driven by the Team Rockville faction on the Council, which consists of Councilmembers Mark Pierzchala, Julie Palakovich Carr, and Virginia Onley. However, by the nature of a closed session, there is no way to officially corroborate that with the actual votes cast that day. But three votes would have been needed to make the change.
There have been signs in the past of Team Rockville having an unknown political issue with Conway. She was excluded from a closed Mayor and Council session last November, after an offline agenda meeting that only included Pierzchala, City Manager Rob DiSpirito, and City Attorney Debra Yerg Daniel. When Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton and Councilmember Beryl Feinberg objected to Conway's exclusion, Team Rockville closed ranks to prevent Conway's attendance.