EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Evansville City Council Vice President Stephanie Brinkerhoff-Riley plans to hold a news conference at 10:30 Monday morning to address allegations that she recorded a confidential state audit exit interview.
We've learned that Brinkerhoff-Riley wasn't originally invited to that meeting.
Council President John Friend tells 14 News that Mayor Lloyd Winnecke only wanted Friend to attend the exit interview. Friend says he wanted council leadership there as well.
Friend went on to say that he did not ask for the audit meeting to be recorded for any reason.
He will not be at Monday night's City Council meeting which means that Brinkerhoff-Riley will be in charge.
Councilman Jonathan Weaver says he worries that Brinkerhoff-Riley may use the meeting as a platform to explain her side of the story, but hopes they can get the agenda accomplished.
"I hope we can conduct ourselves professionally and that it's not open mic night and we can do what we're supposed to do and get done what's on the agenda," said Weaver.
Weaver says he thinks the council will at some point work to remove Brinkerhoff-Riley as council vice president, "The consensus or the feeling at this time might be that we do need some sort of different leadership. Is that going to happen behind closed doors and ask her to resign, or are we going to take the steps and actually do a vote to force her out? I don't know what's going to happen."