by Lenny Leatherman
While attending the Weatherford City Council meeting December 14, 2010, I watched in disgust the manner in which council members Craig Swancy and Waymon Hmilton conducted themselves and the willful disrespect they displayed toward fellow council members Jerry Clinton and Eric Matthews.
During a discussion to consider an appointment to the Weatherford Municipal Utility Board, Matthews asked if there were more applicants than the individual for whom a vote was about to be cast. Swancy and Hamilton said there were other applications. Clinton and Matthews both asked to be given an opportunity to review the additional applications. Clinton and Matthews both stated in public that they had not been given an opportunity to review all the applications.
Swancy and Hamilton appeared to have been totally overwhelmed by the simple task of ensuring ALL council members actually received all applications for selection to the utility board – incredible!
Then in what appeared to be an act of blatant and deliberate disrespect to Clinton and Matthews, the decision was made to proceed with the vote – what an insult! Clinton and Matthews were not objecting to the ‘chosen’ individual. They were simply asking to be given a reasonable opportunity to review all applications before being asked to vote.
If it is common practice to send applications for appointment via email, how difficult is it to request an email receipt to show the intended recipient actually received and opened the email AFTER the deadline for submitting applications has passed?
Why was this vote so urgent that it could not be tabled until ALL council members could have an opportunity to review all applications? I see no problem with the person who was selected, but the process by which the vote was taken points to much larger issues, and that is insolence, arrogance and incompetence by two members of the council – and a flagrant example of poor judgment by the mayor.
Were Swancy and Hamilton insinuating that Clinton and Matthews were lying when they stated openly that they had not been given an opportunity to review all applications? Or, were they saying by their actions that they hold Clinton and Matthews in such low regard that they simply ignore their concerns because they know they can count on the ‘go-along’ mayor to vote with them?
May I suggest to Weatherford tax paying voters that your best interest may not be paramount in the hearts and minds of a couple of the “public servants” you elected to the city council. If you do not care what happens to your tax dollars and the reputation of your little city, then forget your read this. However, if you are as concerned as I am about the future of our community, I urge you to at least pay attention to what is going on at city hall, and be mindful of the incompetence of some of the people you elected to city council!