It is certainly interesting to see the controversy that the Oak Harbor City Council is bringing against Mayor Scott Dudley. Their attempts to hamstring the Mayor are an example of petty politics at its worst. Rick Almberg seems to be leading the attack on the Mayor and recently took the advice of Attorney Christen Skinner who BTW is representing the Police Chief, to introduce measures to ensure that the Mayor and all future Mayors will be hamstringed when they attempt to exercise the power of the Mayors office.
Skinner proposed that his clients’ employment status be “grandfathered in” so they remain for-cause employees and Rick Almberg passed this directly from Mr. Skinner to the city council. Mr. Almberg may want to decide who he is working for, the people of this city who elected the new Mayor or Mr. Skinner who is threatening to sue the city.
For a brief history here are some of the actions of our past Mayors that did not bring near as much controversy as the controversy that Councilman Almberg and his cronies are bringing to the City Council.
Patty Cohen fired city supervisor E.T. Silvers, police chief Tony Barge, Planner Tom Burdett, Engineer Ryan Goodman, Human Resources Director Andy Keene and City Administrator Thom Myers for a total of 6 people fired.
How about when Jim Slowik fired Anhkiet Ngo and lied about the circumstances?
Or what about Harbormaster Mack Funk being fired by Slowik under a cloud of suspicion that was proven false? Mr. Funk states that he was “terminated under a cloud of suspicion and public embarrassment without opportunity to defend myself and my employees.”
So…in a nutshell what Mayor Dudley is doing is nothing new, nothing surprising and certainly not out of the ordinary for a new Mayor of our city. At least he is doing so in a forthright and visible process unlike his predecessor. What is new and surprising is the acidic tone of the City Council who has waged a very public war against the new Mayor for exercising the power that the voters gave him during the election.
If there are any changes that need to be made in the City of Oak Harbor it is the replacement of those Council members that have waged a war against the new Mayor and taken valuable time from our City Council to make these very public attacks. We need a City Council that will work with the Mayor that the citizens elected and if the current Council continues with these groundless attacks they need to be replaced at all cost starting with Mr. Almberg.