FAIRFIELD — A past member of the Fairfield City Council engaged current council members in a tense exchange during the regular council meeting Tuesday amid the fallout from the city's annual audit.
Jim Lipovsky, who served on the council for eight years through 2012, was one of about 15 people who attended the meeting.
He asked for an apology from the council for a letter signed by other council members that alleged Lipovsky and his father, Dave, engaged in defamation of character for talking publicly about an apparent misappropriation of city funds.
The city learned the finding of the audit during the fourth week in January and soon thereafter closed the office and suspended City Clerk Jennifer Bassett. The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating the situation.
Lipovsky asked for the apology after Mayor Lynn Ridgway publicly addressed the ongoing situation concerning the Clerk's Office.