Despite vote, Chattanooga City Council staff restructuring issue not over

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Come Monday, two Chattanooga City Council staff members will be out of work. But that may not be the last council members hear from them.

City Clerk Sandra Freeman, who was ousted from her post after the council voted to restructure its four-person staff and hire Deputy Clerk Nicole Gwyn in her place, said she is disappointed with the decision and was "exploring all options."

The revised positions include a clerk, a legislative and management analyst, a council support specialist and an administrative support specialist. Freeman and management analyst Randy Burns no longer qualified for the revised positions and were not rehired.

Freeman was hired 18 months ago and was three years away from being vested in the city's retirement plan, so the layoff cost her.