Clarke’s Beach mayor bul­lied by col­leagues, says writer


On Nov. 19, 2012 I at­tended a reg­u­lar meet­ing of the Town of Clarke’s Beach mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil. I am a cit­i­zen of this town.

This was del­e­ga­tion night, but we were in­formed, as soon as the meet­ing was called to or­der, that no one was al­lowed to speak, although two ci­ti­zens had for­mally re­quested to ad­dress coun­cil.

Reg­u­lar coun­cil busi­ness was con­ducted fol­low­ing the ap­proved agenda. The last item on the agenda was “Maclean’s mag­a­zine ar­ti­cle,” submitted by Deputy Mayor Kevin Hussey.

His in­tro­duc­tion was, he was taken aback by com­ments made by Mayor Betty Moore to Maclean’s, that the Town Of Clarke’s Beach coun­cil was dys­func­tional.

The mayor re­moved her­self from the chair, to ad­dress coun­cil.

Im­me­di­ately, the decorum of the meet­ing changed. I have never wit­nessed such a ver­bal at­tack on any­one, in my 25 years of serv­ing as a vol­un­teer, on hospi­tal and school boards, church and po­lit­i­cal as­so­ci­a­tions.

Serv­ing the pub­lic means you will be asked to ex­plain your ac­tions. Ev­ery­one will have dif­fer­ences of opin­ions and not al­ways agree.

But when ar­ro­gance, be­lit­tling com­ments, and di­vulging per­sonal cor­re­spon­dence, writ­ten by the mayor to a cit­i­zen of this town is dis­closed, in a reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing, isn’t gut­ter pol­i­tics?

I felt ashamed of my coun­cil. I had just wit­nessed our mayor (she was ELECTED by the ci­ti­zens of this town) be­ing bul­lied, ver­bally abused and pub­licly chas­tised. Ci­ti­zens sat in si­lence, ap­palled by what they had heard.

We had been warned by the deputy mayor, if their were any com­ments from the peo­ple (there were more than 40 ci­ti­zens present), he would “shut ‘ er down,” mean­ing we would be asked to leave.

Coun. David Moore Jr. spoke, ask­ing his fel­low coun­cil­lors to work to­gether, for the bet­ter­ment of the town.

On Oct. 30, 2012, The Com­pass pub­lished a let­ter writ­ten and signed by Deputy Mayor Hussey, and coun­cil­lors Ben­dell, Vokey, Snow, Moore and An­drews, in which they STRONGLY ar­gued that Clarke’s Beach town coun­cil was not dys­func­tional.

I beg to dif­fer. What I wit­nessed Mon­day night was a prime ex­am­ple of a dys­func­tional coun­cil.

Grace R. Wicks writes from Clarke’s Beach

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