Law Director Sherri Rutherford supported the contract to deal with city labor issues. She said she found out first-hand, a week into her job, that negotiators need training.
She also felt it might resolve a potential legal issue. She is the city's prosecuting attorney, and negotiating with law enforcement could be a conflict of interest.
Council passed it seven-to-one on first reading.
Finance chair Jeremy Siberell may have broken a record by being responsible for 13 items on the agenda. The first half were reissuing and consolidating bonds, which will be passed next session.
But most of the second half were to reform low expectations, where the budget set at the beginning of the year was too hopeful.
Much money was moved, including $88,000 for electrical bills back to January.
Then another ordinance will spend little more than $9,000 for one of three conditions to get the city out of the state's "fiscal watch" by outsourcing the job of the city treasurer.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils