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