Letters and comments for February 1, 2012

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Letters and comments for February 1, 2012

Vote to recall Stover

To the Editor:

No better argument could be made for recalling Elgin Mayor John Stover than his own rebuttal statements.

He attempts to shift the responsibility for the Elgin City Police Department's excessive force from himself to the council. The Elgin City Charter states “The mayor shall be chairman of the council and preside overs its deliberations and ... determine the order of business under the rules of the council.”

Stover states the council voted to excuse charges billed to Parsons. He failed to mention that he ordered Parsons to “Pay the bill!” and twice ordered reserve deputy sheriffs to remove her from the meeting before she asked the council to respond. The six councilors voted against Stover and dismissed the bogus charges.

In August, a decision to either disband the city police or contract with the Union County Sheriff's Office was tabled until a review of Elgin's police by the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police was received. The review reported many errors and omissions in Elgin City Police policies and procedures as well as a lack of
leadership and administration by the city governing body.

Stover has repeatedly failed to acknowledge or even make a comment on the findings of that report. 

To my knowledge, not one recommendation has been put into place. It is obvious from his rebuttal statement that he considers any discussion on that report to be “frivolous debate."

Stover didn't care about excessive police force or other Elgin city problems before the Shafer homicide. He did care enough to hire a professional firm to write grant requests to fund the Elgin Opera House restoration project.

Stover does not care about Elgin's problems or he would be seeking similar professional help for their solutions.

Vote to recall Stover.

Toni Rysdam-Shorre



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