From: Russell Poling
As a citizen I would like for the current impasse between the mayor and the Columbus City Council to be settled right away. I did not think it was appropriate for a member of the City Council to suggest that our city attorney basically resign since he (city attorney) had sought outside counsel in regards to the demotion of the parks director.
When it was reported in the March 2 edition of The Republic that Jeff Logston had hired an outside attorney to look into the demotion of the parks director and the subsequent actions by the City Council, it seems the council was taken aback.
Although our attorney had sought this outside opinion prior to the Feb. 4 council meeting, it was made clear at that meeting that the council did not trust the opinion of Logston because he was appointed by the mayor.
So if I were the city attorney and the council said it did not trust my opinion, then I surely would hire an outside attorney to look into this matter in hopes to settle it once and for all. I also think it was very brave of Logston to hire this attorney. Since Logston is running for political office, an opinion that differs from his could be detrimental to his chances.
By taking the chance on hiring this outside attorney, I feel Logston knew he was right all along and he just had to prove it to the council and members of the public.
Some on the council have indicated that they would have appreciated knowing that the city attorney had hired the outside attorney before they announced their desire to hire one. Only our city attorney can answer why he did not disclose this fact at the council meeting.
It is time the City Council moved on from this confrontational stance with the administration and get back to the work we hired it to do, which is to take care of this great city and keep it moving forward.
Spending a great deal of time and money on defending one city employee just because they disagree with the mayor is not what I want from my City Council members. If they honestly believe that Mayor Kristen Brown is not fit to run this city, then they should trust the citizens of Columbus to let her know one way or the other at the ballot box.