Special Eureka City Council meeting smells bad
Mayor Frank Jager’s last minute decision to hold a special meeting of the Eureka City Council today at 1pm to address the controversial firing of Police Chief Garr Nielsen doesn’t pass the sniff test to anyone concerned with transparent government.
An editorial in the Times-Standard calls the move “disappointing.”
”(There are) a number of reasons [for the special meeting], but I just don’t want to discuss it with you right now,” Jager told a T-S reporter late Thursday afternoon. “I’m not interested in fighting this battle in the newspapers.
Apparently the mayor would rather do it behind closed doors.
Meanwhile, City Councilman Mike Newman tells the North Coast Journal this week that the “vast majority of Eurekans” support the firing. Yet public support has been notably absent in the week since the unpopular move by City Manager Dave Tyson.
It’s unclear where Newman gets his information, but it’s not from the majority. Most of the people who voted in November’s election voted against him.
There will be time for public comment at today’s meting before the council ducks out to anoint the feet of the city manager in a closed session.