Political hanky-panky in the West Richland City Council? Could it be that mayoral candidate Merle Johnson's electoral signs were right, promising honesty and less government? Does the council vote in the interest of West Richland citizens or in the interest of its own little society?
The issue of severance pay started on an "alleged" comment by candidate Merle Johnson, indicating a staff member might be replaced should he win the election.
After the council's action, four department heads could each receive five months' severance pay if they lose their jobs without cause. Is this voting for the purse strings of West Richland citizens? The city would also pay premiums on a $100,000 life insurance policy. Can you imagine what community-needed projects could be paid for? Are the council's actions political or for a better city and happier tapayers?
Not to be calling this "dirty tricks," but the fact that it was approved in a workshop, when there was a subsequent immediate council meeting, raises questions. Could they have been afraid of citizen input or recording of their personal ambitions?
Outgoing Mayor Donna Noski fired a city administrator and a police chief. Guess she didn't worry about staff fairness then!
Give me liberty or give me death! Give me citizen representation and honesty!
THERESA STEVENSON, West Richland