"My Town and Yours" Thoughts and Observations of Mark Lange
He Doesn't Owe Us...
by Mark Lange,posted Oct 16 2013 6:15AM
Some folks are asking Mayor Joe Yochum to explain why he replaced the full time employees at the Animal Shelter with new ones. The mayor has respectfully declined to make a full explanation - you know give us any dirty details if there are any that some think we deserve. It is a public entity. He is a public official. The Animal Control employees are paid with our tax dollars. And the success of the shelter is a reflection on our entire community. But a full explanation? Not required - nor should it be required.
The Mayor was elected to manage the city and that's what he was doing when those folks were replaced. He was doing what he was elected to do. The only recourse is vote Joe out of office if he runs again. I'm not suggesting that, just listing that as the only option for just regular folks to take.
Every job at every level has its difficult parts and local governmental management jobs may be more difficult in some respects. Just about everything the mayor does is local news. We'll cover it and so will some others. Some activities require full public disclosure, but an explanation about personnel issues isn't one of them.