Ed Kinnamon presented with retirement present
CAMBRIDGE — Former City of Cambridge Clerk-Treasurer Ed Kinnamon was presented with a retirement gift from the city at the city council meeting on Monday, Dec. 12.
Kinnamon retired from the city in Januar y 2015.
“I appreciate this. I really do,” Kinnamon said. “I’m really pleased that this council sought to revisit this and voted in favor of letting me have this.”
“You worked with dignity and distinction,” said Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley, presenting the ring. “You kept this place going. You have earned this wonderful ring.”
Cambridge City Attorney Robert Collison also praised Kinnamon. With his more than 30 years of ser vice, Kinnamon provided a historical perspective of the workings of city government, Collison said. He called Kinnamon’s retirement, “a great loss to the city.”
Traditionally, retiring department heads are presented with a gold ring, but in two separate votes in December of 2014, the Cambridge City Council initially said no to purchasing rings for Kinnamon and former Cambridge Police Chief Ken Malik.
Ward 2 Commissioner Donald Sydnor raised the issue again in August 2016, after the city election. The council voted to appropriate the money for the rings and move forward with the pur- chase. The total cost of the rings as of January 2015 was $2,832.
Malik was unable to attend the meeting, but will also be presented with a ring at a later date.
In December 2014, the council voted 3-2 against a purchase order for the two rings. Then Ward 3 Commissioner Frank Cooke called the bill “outrageous” and said, “I was flabbergasted,” to see a $1,400 goingaway gift suggested for city department heads.
Ward 5 Commissioner Robert Hanson and then Ward 1 Commissioner Jackie Vickers also voted against the ring purchases.
The issue was brought up at another meeting by Jackson-Stanley, who said the council had violated city law, going against standard operating procedure.
“The Administrative Standard Operating Procedure states the type of ring we must get,” the mayor said, calling for a vote from the four council members present, with Hanson absent.
Although the mayor’s role includes breaking tie votes by the council, JacksonStanley was not allowed to vote on the motion because she had presented it for the board’s consideration.
Cooke and Vickers voted against purchasing the rings and Sydnor and then Ward 4 Commissioner Gage Thomas voted in favor of the purchase.
Because of the tie vote, the issue was dismissed.
Jackson-Stanley said the council’s decision was a “disgusting” action toward city employees.
“You taught me a lot. You brought us through a lot,” Sydnor told Kinnamon.
Cooke and Vickers each thanked Kinnamon for the help he has provided them in learning their positions.
“You’ve been nothing but great to both of us,” Vickers said.
Ed Kinnamon showed off his retirement gift, presented by Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley and the City Council.