I don’t personally know any of the people involved in the Tim Gleason-Brad Sweeney case; however, I am backing Sweeney.
Sweeney, a 20-year veteran police officer named police chief in January 2015 to enforce the law has had no problems managing his department. Then we have a city manager who was hired two month later.
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Listed #1 on Gleason’s goals and projects for Decatur was “building relationships with the community.” Note that he did not specify positive relationships. In his first year, he fired the police chief for reasons having nothing to do with job performance. He cites “other reasons” for termination but will not disclose them; obviously, not job related.
City attorneys want the lawsuit thrown out because Sweeney did not take action “at the time” and that the car ride was not a breach of city rules, though it should be. A reminder to the mayor, city council and city manager: You all work for me and all the other taxpayers of this city. You are not doing your jobs in the best interest of the people of Decatur. Free rides to the airport for vacation are not a perk of the job here. Department heads disagreeing with the city manager is not a reason for termination.
With this lack of city management experience, obviously, Mr. Gleason requires conflict resolution class for further management training.
Peg Gaines, Decatur