What is the punishment to the Mayor and the Councilmen who do not follow the City Charter in matters that are significant to the discharge of their elected duties?
In discharging City Manager, Mr. Tony Nowicki, the details of such discharge are covered in Section 5.1 of the Charter. There was not even a smattering of evidence nor documentation that the City Charter was even considered in the determination of dismissal of Mr. Nowicki.
As noted in an earlier publication, the City Charter requirements are well documented.
To date, nothing has hampered these elected officials. There is a total disregard by Mayor and Council for discussing the activities or reasons why the effective Mr. Nowicki was dismissed. However, the Mayor, Mr. Hinkley and the Deputy Mayor, Mr. Ziegler, duties go on without even a blush of effect.
Furthermore, the Acting City Manager, Mr. Goodlein, after his retirement from the City of Wixom and a defunct potential career change, came back into the City government by having been appointed to a non-existent Department of Public Safety. Astonishingly, Mr. Goodlein who has no background in City Management or qualification for such a position, was appointed Acting City Manager and continues his career.
There is more going on behind closed doors at City Hall than the public is aware. There is no transparency of these and other City activities and the total disregard of City Charter requirements tends to be the normal practice.
Only Mr. Kennedy and Ms. Rich have shown integrity in voting in these matters. There is no public outcry nor is there any Newspapers that once would pounce on such matters with vindictive force in their publications.
There needs to be punishment for these elected officials and the election is months away. Nevertheless, the public, and my readers must address this situation and remember these facts on election day. The punishment has to be not reelecting these candidates.
When elected officials in office cannot discharge their sworn duties and follow the City Charter’s requirements, they should not be reelected to their positions of leadership within the City Council. When serving in public office, there is nothing as important as integrity, honesty, transparency and the discharge of your sworn duties as an elected official.
The continuation of appointing those who are not qualified into critical City positions of power and management has to stop. As does the hiring of family members to city jobs without posting these jobs to the public for obtaining qualified candidates. The only way to stop this misconduct is to retire once and for all those who are now in office making the appointments and the hiring.
Here is what former Councilman, William Wyllie has to say about the activities of the Mayor and Council. Wixom City Council Meeting __________April 28, 2015 _______Page 4
CALL TO THE PUBLIC:
William Wyllie, 2093 Teaneck Circle, stated that the review of the City Charter indicates that the Charter does not speak to decisions by the Council which may be difficult or easy. It does not speak to decisions by the Council which may be popular or unpopular. The Charter does speak to actions by Council which are required to be taken at open meetings so that the residents, voters and taxpayers may know those actions, if they so wish. They may know the results of the vote taken, if they so wish. This enables the voters to decide the popularity of Council actions at the time of the next election. Chapter 5, Section 5.4, Paragraph B of the Charter clearly states the Council must adopt a preliminary resolution in open session regarding the removal of the City Manager. It also states other requirements for that resolution. Council did not comply with those requirements of the Charter. Perhaps clever people found a way around the requirements of the Charter to induce actions in closed session which would allow Council to avoid public access to their actions. It makes one wonder if an actual vote was taken on this matter in closed session, which not only would violate the Charter, but would also violate the Open Meetings Act of the State of Michigan. Further review of the Charter indicates that Section 5.1 states a Council will appoint a City Manager for an indefinite term. If memory serves, the Council in session at the time of the appointment of the recent City Manager made the appointment for a fixed period of time. Perhaps clever people found a way around the Charter at that time as well. It is interesting to note that when investigating an issue like this, other bits of information start to float to the surface. Some of them could lead one to the suspicion of whether Council plays loosely with the requirements or limitations of the Charter in other ways. The residents, voters and taxpayers of Wixom have a right to know so that informed decisions can be made at the next election.
Thank you, Mr. Wyllie!