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Negative Comments from Public Officials Are Inappropriate - August 6, 2017

I noticed with concern The Transcript letter from Cory Miner. I had actually had an opportunity to visit with him early in the week. I have been frequently asked in recent days, if council member Holman’s views generally represent my feelings.

They do not.
I want to make some things very clear. While we work together as a council we of course do not all share all of the same views and beliefs. However, the reality is that what each of us does and says publicly reflects on our council, our city government, and our community.
First, I have the utmost respect for our law enforcement officers and our military. These are the men and women that dedicate their lives to protecting us. What would our society look like if we had no law enforcement, no military force? Are there some bad apples? Absolutely. There are in any line of work. Unfortunately, some people, if given power, will abuse it. In the news we regularly see public officials abusing their powers.
As a public official I believe I should be held to a higher standard, as should each of our council members. When we speak out publicly, whether we mean to or not, it reflects on all of us.
That is why we need at all times to be respectful and professional in the way we present ourselves, our views and our ideas. 
As mayor, I believe it is my responsibility to listen to and respect the opinions of all of our citizens.
I believe it is inappropriate to use social media to advance my own personal, social or political agenda. I took an oath to look after the health, safety and welfare of all of our residents. That means my public expressions should be considerate of everyone in our community.
I believe that my public speech and actions reflects on my character the character of our council and city. Therefore, I strive to be respectful, honest and sensitive to differing opinions. I feel negative comments about our employees, other public officials, and residents in general are inappropriate.
Social media has presented us with many new challenges. We are exposed personally to the public to a much greater extent than ever before.
It is our individual responsibility to be thoughtful about what information we share and respectful of the differing perspectives of the individuals reading what we have written.
I am recommending to the council that we develop a more inclusive set of standards to guide our public communications.

I noticed with concern The Transcript letter from Cory Miner. I had actually had an opportunity to visit with him early in the week. I have been frequently asked in recent days, if council member Holman’s views generally represent my feelings.

They do not.

I want to make some things very clear. While we work together as a council we of course do not all share all of the same views and beliefs. However, the reality is that what each of us does and says publicly reflects on our council, our city government, and our community.

First, I have the utmost respect for our law enforcement officers and our military. These are the men and women that dedicate their lives to protecting us. What would our society look like if we had no law enforcement, no military force? Are there some bad apples? Absolutely. There are in any line of work. Unfortunately, some people, if given power, will abuse it. In the news we regularly see public officials abusing their powers.

As a public official I believe I should be held to a higher standard, as should each of our council members. When we speak out publicly, whether we mean to or not, it reflects on all of us.

That is why we need at all times to be respectful and professional in the way we present ourselves, our views and our ideas. 

As mayor, I believe it is my responsibility to listen to and respect the opinions of all of our citizens.

I believe it is inappropriate to use social media to advance my own personal, social or political agenda. I took an oath to look after the health, safety and welfare of all of our residents. That means my public expressions should be considerate of everyone in our community.

I believe that my public speech and actions reflects on my character the character of our council and city. Therefore, I strive to be respectful, honest and sensitive to differing opinions. I feel negative comments about our employees, other public officials, and residents in general are inappropriate.

Social media has presented us with many new challenges. We are exposed personally to the public to a much greater extent than ever before.

It is our individual responsibility to be thoughtful about what information we share and respectful of the differing perspectives of the individuals reading what we have written.

I am recommending to the council that we develop a more inclusive set of standards to guide our public communications.