Re: Mayor Littlefield State of the City Speech:
Sure, the state of the city is very, very good, especially if your name is Richard Beeland and you got an $11,000 raise in your salary while getting a job others are more qualified for. The state of the city is excellent to, if your name is Anita Ebersole, who will likely get some sort of raise or at least a better salary than what her more qualified former boss will be making under her.
Yep, you read that right, two folks in the mayor's office will have nice cushy landings once their appointments with the Littlefield administration expire.
In case it was missed in the news a few days ago, the new director of the Moccasin Bend Clean Water and Higher Sewage Tax Alliance, our City Engineer Bill Payne, is only an interim position. Does that mean they are waiting on someone to permanently fill that position....maybe once their mayoral duties are completed?
Lord help us.
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I attempted to get in touch with the mayor's office during Mr. Littlefield's first term. Dan Johnson did not respond to my request for constituent service. I then got through to Anita Ebersole. She returned emails and phone calls on several occasions, almost always after normal business hours. She was responding in a timely manner to constituent needs, though her salary paid her for, I guess, a 40 hour work week. She did her job though she could have gone home like some others on city payroll and considered the day done.
Not everyone on the current mayor's watch are guilty as tarred by opinion writers. Some actually do what they are paid for, constituent service, after all that is what civics class teaches us governance is. So why drag folks into this name calling when you haven't seen them walk in their shoes or do their job.
Some of the folks in the mayor's office Mr. Littlefield may be trying to help down the road because they did their job, and well, not because the time has come to return political favors.
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I don't know Anita or Richard. I do know they had high paying jobs in the Littlefield administration.
I also know our mayor tried to put Ms. Ebersole into the court clerks office, and when that didn't work, he decided she was qualified to run the 311 Center. Wow, she may be the nicest person in the world, but why doesn't she start just a tad lower down on the food chain?
I'm not against the fact the mayor can find a hard working employee a position before he leaves office, but I am against the fact they are put into positions over others that have many years within the department and were hoping to move up and better themselves.
That's just unfair. I don't care how nice they are or how many old ladies they help across the street. Put them in a lower level or even entry level position. What's wrong with a dose of reality?