Who says local politics has to be boring?
The Sioux Falls City Council fired its veteran city clerk and chief of operations Wednesday after meeting for several hours behind closed doors this week.
That isn’t too bad, in essence it is a personnel issue, and like most personnel issues, should be discussed in executive session.
After the vote is taken….
(from the Argus Leader)
Minutes later, two police officers asked members of the media to leave the building. Meanwhile, Owen was taken to a back room, where she surrenered her keys and work badge.
Why ask the media to leave a public building, during a public forum? Keloland news asked that very same question.
Shortly after the meeting, KELOLAND camera crews were told by police to leave city hall. In a phone call after the meeting, Mayor Huether said the decision was made because “during the executive session there were decisions made and the council moved forward.”
That is about the most non-answer ever.
The reasons for dismissing former Sioux Falls City Clerk Debra Owen, Can be kept secret, it is after all a personnel matter. The city should remain mute. If the Mrs. Owen want to reveal why she was dismissed, that is her choice.
To have the police remove the media from a public forum is blinding the public from its government. Is this something learned from the Obamacare negotiations? They mayor and the council is an employee of the people of Sioux Falls, and he was hiding what he was doing. If I tried to hide what I was doing at my job from my employer, on their time, I would be thrown out on my ear. If he doesn’t treat media, and the public with a little more respect, he just might be joining Mrs. Owen