Archive for Thursday, September 21, 2006

Reprimand intentions not clear

September 21, 2006

Two weeks ago, we at The Eudora News started getting anonymous calls suggesting certain members on the Eudora City Council were to remove City Administrator Cheryl Beatty.

Those fears were either overstated or some council members adjusted their expectations. Whatever the case, the council delivered a reprimand to the city administrator with a 3-2 vote to suspend Beatty for three days without pay.

Just what the reprimand means for the future is uncertain. Mayor Tom Pyle clearly fears it created an irreparable rift between the city administrator and some council members, spoiling their working relationship and foreshadowing her departure. A number of council members said they thought all parties could move forward, but at least one has some concern the reprimand was not the real issue.

It's hard to argue with Beatty's record of accomplishment in her 15 months on the job. She was instrumental in the city's obtaining the downtown revitalization grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation that will remake that important part of the city. She took an active role the campaign for the bond referendum to build the recreation complex. Not coincidently, more than 60 percent of the voters approved the measure, in stark contrast to two failed bond issues of three years before.

We hope last week's reprimand was not a pretext for other motives, a move that could well signal another change at city administrator and a divided council for at least another six months. Neither prospect bodes well for continued progress in City Hall.

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