Germantown parliamentarian begins duties March 25

By Published: March 24, 2019 2:24 PM CT

Charles A. Schulz, a certified parliamentarian, will assume his duties as Germantown's parliamentarian at the March 25 meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Aldermen were notified of Schulz's start date with a March 5 memo from Mayor Mike Palazzolo. It was originally believed aldermen would approve the appointment, but Schulz is starting without board action.

“The duty of the parliamentarian is a contract labor position for the City of Germantown not requiring affirmation by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen,” the memo said in part.

This is one of two changes implemented for the March 25 meeting. Also starting that evening, all attending will have to pass through a metal detector before entering the council chambers.

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At a Dec. 18 special called meeting, the board voted to use a  parliamentarian on a trial basis through the end of June.

During the special called meeting, Palazzolo told board members they would be notified of the cost. City Administrator Patrick Lawton said the parliamentarian could be a board appointment.

“I’m sure it will be something this body will appoint,” Lawton told the board during the December meeting.

But Palazzolo said by phone recently: “Our charter does not provide for any parliamentarian. The (parliamentarian) is hired just like any other position in the city … The city administrator and (human resources) can hire that for the community.”

Schulz met with the board Feb. 25, reviewing the role of a parliamentarian in a work session. Following the session, Aldermen Dean Massey and Scott Sanders wanted to discuss the matter during the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, but ultimately other board members voted against it.

According to emails obtained by an open records request, Lawton reached out to Schulz Jan. 29 and asked him to call about a “procedural issue.” Lawton also communicated City Attorney Mac McCarroll wanted to discuss “the position and expectations” with him.

It will be decided by the board if the parliamentarian will keep his position following the June 30 date, according to Palazzolo. 

Schulz will be paid hourly. Lawton the amount for the trial period is less than $10,000, and any purchase less than $10,000 does not need board approval first. 

Schulz has served as a parliamentarian for various groups including Shelby County Schools, where he has been the parliamentarian for seven years.

He is a Certified Professional Parliamentarian with Teacher Certification with the American Institute of Parliamentarians. He is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian, with the National Association of Parliamentarians. The East Memphis resident is one of about 40 people in the country people with both certifications.

Schulz also has a musical career. He plays tuba for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony Brass Quintet and the Opera Memphis Orchestra. He serves as the minister of music at Church of the River.


Germantown Board Of Mayor And Aldermen Parliamentarian Charles Schulz
Abigail Warren

Abigail Warren

Abigail Warren is a lifelong resident of Shelby County and a May 2018 graduate of the University of Memphis.  She has worked for several local publications and has covered Germantown since May 2018.

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