By Liz Hook
September 09, 2008
It is with some relief that I see that Dave Kiffer has filed
to run for Mayor. I have been worried that no one would file
against Mayor Joe Williams. Mayor Williams has done a good job
in many of his functions. However, I have serious concerns related
to several of the Mayor's past actions while serving as Mayor
for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.
On Finances: When asked the direct question, How many times
has the Borough paid for the Mayor's lunch? Ex-Borough Manager
Roy Eckert stated that in a two year period the borough had paid
for more than 75 local lunches for Mayor Williams. This minor
fiscal irresponsibility, when compounded with the fact that the
borough paid for a couple of round trip tickets to Anchorage
so that the Mayor could attend a reception put on by the cruise
ship industry and the unveiling of the Alaska quarter, has lead
to concerns as to Mayor William s care of the public's finances.
Perhaps Mayor Williams doesn't understand the common tax payer's
angst over taxes. Mayor Williams should have taken his role as
a guardian of the public purse more seriously.
On Politics: It is easy for a politician to begin to take himself
too seriously. Yet, simple self-preservation would suggest that
one should be tactful and diplomatic when dealing with the press.
It was a serious blow to Ketchikan when Mayor Williams publicly
and repeatedly criticized Governor Palin, as well as Commissioner
van Scheben, to the Press and in public meetings. As one looks
at the Governor's vetoes this year, it is pretty obvious she
is not happy with our community. Mayor William's outspoken antagonisms
may well have cost our community millions of dollars. This is
something we can ill afford in these difficult times.
On Public Anger: Generally
Mayor Williams does a great job with the public and his showmanship
skills are unsurpassed locally. Unfortunately Mayor Williams
allows his anger to control his behavior at times. This anger
has been disastrous when aimed at the Governor, unprofessional
when focused on other local officials; and completely inappropriate
and unforgivable when expressed at citizens in public meetings.
Mayor Joe Williams is a good man. But it is time for a change.
Please support the election of Dave Kiffer as Mayor.
Received September 09, 2008
- Published September 09, 2008
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