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October 20, 2008
Ken Johnson defends COO from union attack
Former Republican mayoral contender Ken Johnson, a leader in the effort to create a chief operating officer position at City Hall, sent this along:
Bristol’s taxpayers have the right to decide on creating the Chief Operating Officer position. They earned that right when over 3,600 of them signed a petition demanding so. If taxpayers are satisfied with the status quo, they can vote ‘No.’ If taxpayers think it’s time for a change in our city government, then they can vote ‘Yes’ to question #5 on the November 4th ballot.
Regarding the letter: What is the union leadership afraid of? The COO “will not be a friend to the unions” the writer says. Implying what? That the current city government is? Come on. This proposal isn’t anti-union. It is PRO-TAXPAYER!
Craig Yarde and I have formed a committee to promote the COO/City Manager concept. 65% of our sister cities of similar size across the entire country have already adopted a similar change. I believe this decision about the form of city government is too important a decision to be left to the politicians and special interest. This decision should be made by the people. They can vote with the confidence that a bi-partisan Charter Revision committee studied this, recommended the COO and wrote the job description. If the people of Bristol vote ‘Yes’ to Question #5 on Nov. 4th, they can be assured that they will have a professional in City Hall who will PUT THE TAXPAYER FIRST and not be beholden to special interests or political whim.
I encourage every taxpayer to exercise their right and take back City Hall by voting ‘Yes’ to question #5 on November 4th.
Anybody got a copy of the union letter? I haven't seen it.
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