Tyson detractors, supporters speak at Eureka City Council meeting
UPDATE: Here’s the meeting video.
Petitions calling for the removal of Eureka City Manager Dave Tyson were presented to the city council Tuesday night during the public comment portion of the meeting. Eureka resident Sylvia Scott said signatures were easily gathered in two hours on Saturday.
The petition started after Tyson fired Eureka Police Chief Garr Nielsen without cause on June 24th.
But supporters of Tyson were also on-hand Tuesday, including Devora “DeeDee” Wilson, the former EPD dispatcher who was sued for her role in harassing a co-worker in an effort to oust Nielsen. Wilson paid $10,000 to settle the lawsuit.
Wilson quit EPD after the Humboldt County Grand Jury found complaints against Nielsen were unfounded. Wilson said she flew halfway across the country to attend Tuesday’s meeting. She is the sister of Eureka City Clerk Pam Powell.
Other supporters of the firing include members of the city’s Problem Oriented Policing unit.
Eureka resident Julie Timmons said she “think[s] the world of Tyson” but called for him to retire. She said it is obvious that city councilmembers look to Tyson for direction because of his institutional knowledge. “There is no way the balance will be corrected,” she said, adding that councilmembers will never learn their jobs while Tyson is there.