Roger Neumaier’s resignation letter to Mayor Dave Earling

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9 Comments

  1. Do we have a right to know, to which disrespectful council members he is referring? I saw a bit of that when testifying 4 times to get the solar co-op approved, but those members are gone.

  2. Printing this letter without coverage of full story (i.e. Who are these council members? How did they show a lack of respect and civility) would be irresponsible journalism. I assume the Beacon will follow up on the public’s behalf? Thanks in advance.

    • We certainly will be following up to see if someone will come forward to ID the councilmembers in question. It would only be irresponsible journalism if we named the councilmembers without any opportunity for them to respond.

  3. As Roger’s letter states over the past 11 years our great City has had 11 Directors of Finance. If they all left under similar circumstances, what does that say about our Edmonds Voter? When we vote next let’s consider civility, compromise, and the good of our community in electing our city council positions. For now, TEA anyone? :-(
    For now, Tea anyone?

  4. I would like to see spefic examples of how the council members showed a lack of respect and civility. I think as citizens who elect these folks, we derserve that information. Maybe the mayor can fill us in.

  5. Roger Neumaier’s sudden resignation is a real loss for Edmonds and should serve a serious wake up call for our council and community. Until my recent retirement I worked for a variety of local governments in our county for several decades (including city department head). During this time I never witnessed this level of rapid turnover in such a vital staff position. Unless effective remedial action is taken soon it will be very difficult to find quality people like Roger to serve our citizens in key city roles.

  6. Instead of finger pointing I would venture to think that the perpetrators are fully aware of their actions and should come forward (much like in the national arena) with an apology not only to Mr. Neumaier and staff but to the citizens of Edmonds for their actions and possible resignation from their position on the council. From Roger’s letter I ascertain this is not a one time occurrence yet has been going on for years. Shame on those who have been entrusted to serve the people of Edmonds and have violated that trust.

  7. Obviously This is a serious issue. If anyone wants to know who Roger is talking about just review the public hearings held concerning the Port of Edmonds project at Harbor square. You will then. Have a clue. I know or have read comments from almost everyone who has made remarks regarding this problem. My suggestion is that all of us start paying more attention to what is happening in our city council. Their has been great divide and upheaval within the ranks that have become both personal and professional hindrances to the council conducting the business of our city.You can tune into the council meetings on channel 21
    live or watch the recording at specified times during the week. If you goggle Edmonds city government and go to city council you can find the link to all past city council meetings. If you want to really know what’s going on start participating in your city government. For my part I will begin attending the finance committee meetings as of right now. I hope to see some of you at the council meeting on Tuesday night at 7pm.
    Dave Page

  8. Dave getting engaged is the answer to a better more responsive government. On the city website is a link to EdTV. It is shown below.

    http://www.edmondswa.gov/government/communications/edtv.html

    This link allows you to see what is playing on Channel 21 and 39 live and also allows you to see video by topic of past council meetings. This can help us all keep up with the council activities.

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