City officials remain tight-lipped about a closed session agenda item regarding Paris City Manager John Godwin for Monday night’s City Council meeting.

The council meets at 5:30 p.m. in regular session in Council Chambers at City Hall, 107 E. Kaufman St.

Monday night’s agenda item includes “consultation with an attorney” regarding both a Paris Regional Medical Center tax abatement and the city manager. The city manager also is the subject of a discussion on personnel matters to “deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of a public official to wit: city manager.”

Godwin answered, “I remain a little confused” in answer to an email about the upcoming closed session, and whether the agenda item meant a continuation of his evaluation.

Paris Mayor Steve Clifford declined comment when asked about the agenda item.

After a July 8 meeting, during which the council met almost two and a half hours evaluating the city manager, Clifford said the council was doing a follow-up on an earlier evaluation during which steps to improve code enforcement were discussed.

“This was a follow-up discussion we planned during our annual evaluation of the city manager three months ago,” Clifford said then.

Mary Madewell is a staff writer for The Paris News. She can be reached at 903-785-6976 or at

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