Ed Kin­na­mon pre­sented with re­tire­ment present

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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.

BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE/VWINGATE@CHES­PUB.COM

Ed Kin­na­mon showed off his re­tire­ment gift, pre­sented by Mayor Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley and the City Coun­cil.

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