While Mayor Ashton Hayward and his team are pondering a new social media policy that would prohibit city staff from attacking city council, someone needs to give the group a history lesson. In the pre-strong mayor era, a similar issue arose and then-Mayor Mike Wiggins was much more decisive.
In August 2008, Councilwoman Maren DeWeese handed her fellow council members a series of emails from City Attorney Rusty Wells to fellow city staff where he insulted the council and said he would rather be surfing porn that listen to a presentation. DeWeese received the emails in response to a public records request on the BP negotiations. A motion to investigate passed 6-4.
Mayor Mike Wiggins recommended at the next council meeting a motion to discipline City Attorney Rusty Wells by fining him three days pay for his inappropriate e-mails. That motion passed 6-2, with Councilmembers DeWeese and Sam Hall dissenting. Larry B. Johnson and P.C. Wu were absent from the meeting.
To date, Mayor Hayward has announced no investigation of the anonymous blog posts.