Former -- and future? -- Republican mayoral candidate Ken Johnson just send this along about the chief operating officer vote tonight:
Ken Johnson announced that he is joining forces with City Councilmen Ken Cockayne and Craig Minor to launch a bipartisan petition drive to put the City Manager/Chief Operating Officer issue on the November ballot.
The Bristol City Council voted 5 – 2 on Monday against a proposal to put the question of hiring a City Manager before the people. A Charter Revision Commission, formed in 2007, recommended the City change the form of Bristol’s City government to include a professional city manager with the title of Chief Operating Officer (COO) to oversee the day to day operations of the City.
Said Johnson, “For the mayor and four city councilmen to refuse to allow the people who put them in office the opportunity to choose their form of government is the height of hypocrisy. I congratulate Mr. Minor and Mr. Cockayne for having the courage to stick to their convictions and I am proud to join them in a bi-partisan effort to right this wrong.”
Johnson had proposed a package of government reforms, including the hiring of a city manager, as a key cornerstone of his bid for the Mayor’s chair in 2007. He continued to champion the issue even after he fell short in his election bid.
“People are fed up with the way things are run in Bristol and deserve to have their voices heard.” Johnson said. “Our ballot initiative will give people that chance.”
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