I understand why people may ask about a promise I made during my mayoral campaign of 2013. I vowed to thoroughly research eliminating the treasurer as an elected official. I wanted Dean Hardt, the person I asked to run with me as treasurer, to have a complete understanding of what I was going to say during my campaign.
A recent anonymous Sound-off caller thought eliminating the elected treasurer was Hardt’s goal. It wasn’t.
If elected, I desired to either bring the issue to the people or the City Council. But the people didn’t elect me. The entire idea reasonably could have been shelved. Hardt explored the possibilities anyway. When asked, he can readily present the advantages and disadvantages. Again, the biggest disadvantage: I wasn’t elected.
Hardt has taken on even more responsibility as the city treasurer. He has implemented exceptional budget proposals with the Master Sewer Department. He has brought in computer expertise that our city desperately needed.
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I have the utmost respect for former treasurer Jerry Turner. He’s truly a great man. However, the people made the right choice in 2013 when they elected Dean Hardt.
Alderman, Ward 7