Note to readers: An earlier article appearing in City Pulse incorrectly reported that Lansing City Attorney Janene McIntyre was placed on leave by the city and that she was considering a lawsuit over sexual harassment. A corrected version of the article appear below.
SATURDAY. Feb 20 -- Lansing City Attorney Janene McIntyre is on leave from her responsibilities at the city of Lansing. The Mayor’s office announced the leave in a press release Friday.
“This is a personnel matter and we don’t discuss personnel matters,” said Randy Hannan, chief of staff to Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, of the leave.
McIntyre was hired as City Attorney on March 20, 2013. She replaced Brigham Smith, who left the post to do legal work in Connecticut. She also served as interim human resources director from Sept. 2014 until last month. McIntyre’s salary is $150,761.
As City Attorney, she was responsible for representing both the Mayor and the City Council.
Joseph Abood has been named as the interim City Attorney.
Council must concur with the appointment of a City Attorney -- including interim appointments. But Judi Brown Clarke, president of Council and a member at-large, said she does not expect to take up the Abood appointment at Monday night’s council meeting.
“There’s too many questions,” said Brown Clarke. “We don’t know what the basis of the leave is.”