Last winter, Republican mayoral candidate Ken Johnson got what he calls “a nastygram” from the city clerk informing him that he was no longer on the Water Board because he had missed too many monthly meetings to remain on the panel.
Johnson said that City Clerk Therese Pac counted wrong, that he didn’t actually miss more than 60 percent of the panel’s monthly meetings in the previous year, but he didn’t contest the decision.
He said he missed five of the 12 sessions – missing seven would put him over the legal limit – for “some very personal, legitimate family issues” that he told Mayor William Stortz about but doesn’t want to air in public.
Johnson said Stortz told Pac to oust him from the five-person panel, but the mayor said that’s not true.
He said Pac does what the law requires. He said it’s possible he called the attendance problems to her attention. “If I did, that’s my prerogative,” Stortz said.
When Stortz tried to name a successor to Johnson, the City Council rebelled, with the Democratic majority telling the mayor they wanted to put Johnson back on the panel. They said they thought his reasons were legitimate.
A stalemate ensued for the rest of the year until Stortz convinced a majority last week to go along with naming Sean Dunn to take the empty Water Board slot.
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