Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) filed an objection Monday to a 2-0 committee vote Friday to disapprove the appointment of Neil Stanley as the permanent director of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.

Council members Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) and Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) were the only members of the Human Services committee to attend a meeting that was called with less than 24-hours notice, a violation of council rules.

Wells, a member who missed the meeting because he was out of town, wrote in a memorandum Monday that the meeting also was in violation of rules that require a draft of the legislation to be circulated within a certain time period.

Wells and council members Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) and Michael A. Brown (I-At Large) missed the meeting. The committee achieved a quorum with the attendance of Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D) as an ex-officio member.

The full council must still vote on Stanley, whose tenure has been praised by some juvenile justice advocates but criticized by DYRS workers.

Wells and council members Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) and Michael A. Brown (I-At Large) missed the meeting. The committee achieved a quorum with the attendance of Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D) as an ex-officio member.

Wells said he wants the committee to have another opportunity to consider Stanley. “Given the lack of appropriate notice requirements to provide fair and open opportunity for committee action, as a member of the Committee on Human Services I respectfully request that you do not accept the Committee report and action on PR 19-128 and instead send the measure back to the committee so that any action taken, regardless of the outcome, can be properly noticed to give the Council and the public a full opportunity to participate,” he wrote.

But sending the matter back to committee would likely mean Stanley gets confirmed.

Stanley can be disapproved only after a vote by the full council. But under District law, the council has only 90 days to reject a nominee. If lawmakers take no action during that period, a mayoral nominee is deemed approved.

Tuesday is the council’s last scheduled legislative meeting before it takes its two-month summer recess, and Stanley’s review period is set to lapse later this week.

Even without Wells’s objection, it is unclear whether the council will take action on Stanley’s nomination Tuesday. Brown has not placed the matter on the council agenda.

UPDATE, 6:15 P.M.: Graham announced Monday afternoon that he would not forward the committee recommendation to the full council, guaranteeing that Stanley will stay in his job.

Graham said that he is waiting for the city personnel department to finish investigating whether Stanley improperly tailored a job posting to favor an acquaintance. If the probe finds wrongdoing, he said, “then it becomes a matter for the mayor to consider.”

Regarding Wells’s objection, Graham said his colleague is being “naughty” and that his objection “may be fairly viewed as a hypertechnicality, at best.” He said he had personally notified Wells during a Thursday afternoon meeting.

Said Wells, “To call this a hypertechnicality really undermines the rules of the council.”