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Letter: City Council, accept mayor’s demotion

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From: Bob Snively


I’m trying to sort this out in my mind, and I hope I have it right. The mayor demotes the director of the Parks and Recreation Department and the city attorney quotes Indiana code and says that it is within her powers to demote him.

The City Council says that the city attorney is wrong, refuses to go along with the demotion and goes out and hires an attorney from Bloomington for $170 per hour who has never handled a case like this to prove him and the mayor wrong.

The city attorney hires an attorney from Indianapolis for $395 per hour who is experienced in cases like this who says that the mayor is perfectly within her rights as chief executive to demote the former director.

What is the answer from City Councilman Frank Jerome? He says that the city attorney must not be very good if he had to hire another attorney to tell him the mayor could demote the director of parks and recreation.

It seems to me that the members of the City Council should just accept the fact that they really don’t know what they are talking about once again and quietly go back to their corner and sulk.

Instead they are going to continue to pay their $170 per hour attorney (who admits she has never had a case like this before) in hopes that they can get another Page One headline or two out of this before they finally give it up.

The only conclusion I can come up with is that Larry, Moe and Curly have at least seven descendants living in Columbus, Indiana.

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