Writer of city clerk 'spying' email will keep job

By Perry Russom

August 18, 2014 Updated Aug 18, 2014 at 6:21 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The chairman of Binghamton's Community Development Committee will keep his job after sending a controversial email regarding the search for a new city clerk.

"Some of language in there may have been a little strong," said City Councilman Bill Berg (D). "There could have been a different way of addressing it."

Berg said Marty Doorey will continue to be the chairman of the CDAC.

Doorey sent an email casting a net in the search for candidates and outlined the job responsibilities of the clerk.

Doorey wrote the clerk should be loyal to the majority party, keep tabs on the mayors office and report back.

Berg said Doorey was speaking for himself, not for council.

"The city chair does not hire, does not evaluate," said Berg. "(Doorey) is strictly here in a political term."

Since democrats are the majority on city council, they will select the new clerk.

It's then up to the new clerk to appoint a deputy with council's approval.

Republicans on council are calling on Council President Teri Rennia to step down.

She said she will not.