Resolution-Ordinance No 1299, Chapter 2.16.070 (Amended 03/22/2012) states: Mayor reports and recommends to City Council at such time as mayor may deem expedient concerning affairs of the city.
On record, as reported in Daily Iowegian, February 13, 2013, Mayor Senior states that he had known for (5) days and before he signed the contract Council voted on February 4, 2013 and Mayor signed Contract on February 7, 2013, thusly he knew prior to the vote and prior to the signing of the Contract. Henceforth, on record the Mayor stated in Daily Iowegian February 14, 2013 that he was informed on February 8, 2013 of the situation. Which one of these statements are correct? Had he known, it was his duty to inform council because this was an expedient issue.
The fact that Council nor the Committee assigned to find were not aware does not absolve them of any responsibility. Homework was not done, the excuse of no criminal background is required does not mean no criminal background should not have been conducted in their investigation to fulfill such a high profile position, temporary or not, as attested to the fact that would have been a really easy find on the internet.
Sensationalism sells, when the story broke in the media, newspapers, and television, the council was blind-sided and instead of coming forward like men and women of conviction and admitting that, either they knew and explained their reason to recommend and vote for or to admit that they fell short of their responsibilities and show courage, they became visibly invisible. Whether that action was condoned by the city Attorney or not, they left the mayor “out to dry.”
It says volumes for our leadership.