Monday, December 12, 2011

The latest from the loyal opposition...

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We need your help and support this Tuesday to show the new Commission that we are paying attention and do not support what they are doing.  Gather at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. this Tuesday, when they will be discussing the hiring of a new City Manager.
After just three weeks on the dais the newly-elected majority of the city commission fired city manager Susan Stanton. This was a poor decision, hastily made ( see link to the Palm Beach Post editorial:
Even more important, the process was secretive and undemocratic.  The motion to fire was not on the agenda.  Neither the opposing commissioners nor the public were prepared to present counter arguments or express dissent.

To many who witnessed the event, it appeared that the decision was made outside of and prior to the Commission meeting, under the direction of vice mayor Scott Maxwell. Newly elected commissioner Andy Amoroso immediately seconded Maxwell's motion to fire Stanton and when asked for his reason, his response was "My motion is reason enough."
Even those who dislike or disagreed with Stanton should question a decison that will cost the city $125,000 for breaking her contract plus the expense and time of finding a new city manager. At no point in the meeting was the cost of the decision even discussed.
Is this a sign of things to come?  We need to support Commissioners McVoy and Mulvehill and let the Maxwell Cabal know that at the very least, they must put such decisions on the agenda and allow for public input. The citizens of Lake Worth deserve no less.
Please join us on Tuesday Dec. 13, 5:30 pm at City Hall to show the new commission we are paying attention!
We hope to see you there!