Disturbing trends have been noted that Mayor Ron Harding’s actions are more like a dictatorship, rather then following his Oath of Office to uphold the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Washington and the laws and ordinances of the City of Yelm, to protect the public interest.
– President George W. Bush was quoted as saying,
If this were a dictatorship it would be a heck of a lot easier, hehehe, just so long as I’m the dictator. Hehehe.
Click here for the audio recording of President Bush.
– Robin Williams said on-stage in London, Dec. 2008 about President George W. Bush:
I’m the decider, quoting President Bush.
No sir, you’re the President, you make decisions.
De-cider is what they sell in the little jugs, quoting Williams.
Click here for the video.
– This also applies to Mayor Harding’s years of end-runs around the process:
I’m the decider.
No sir, you’re the Mayor, you make decisions.
De-cider is what they sell in the little jugs.
– Mayor Harding’s web page now has this verbiage of concern
“The Mayor is the chief executive and administrative officer of the City.
“…directing the daily operations of City government…”
– The Yelm Municipal Code on duties of the Mayor:
2.02.010 Powers and duties generally.
“The mayor shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, in charge of all departments and employees, with authority to designate assistants and department heads. The mayor shall appoint a chief administrative officer, to be known as the city administrator, if so provided by ordinance.”
– The legal definition of “shall” is:
“An imperative command; has a duty to or is required to.” For example, the notice shall be sent within 30 days.”
“When used in statutes, contracts, or the like, the word ‘shall‘ is generally imperative or mandatory,” quoting US Legal, Inc.
This means Mayor Harding is REQUIRED to appoint a City Administrator to manage daily city affairs. That this position’s then-up-coming vacancy was publicly announced on June 5, 2015, and there still is no one on the horizon to fill this post over 7 months later, is unacceptable. The Mayor should hire a professional recruitment agency (“head hunter”) to seek the right person for this post, and NOW!
– The Yelm Municipal Code on duties of the City Administrator:
2.14.020 Scope of authority.
Under the direction and authority of the mayor, the city administrator shall supervise, administer, and coordinate the activities and functions of all city officers, departments, commissions and boards to implement city ordinances and policies through the effective use of city employees, funds, materials, facilities and time, and shall direct and control the overall operations of the city to assure optimum services to the community. (Ord. 829 § 4, 2005).
– Editor’s Note:
The Yelm Municipal Code does not provide for the Mayor to be “directing the daily operations of City government.”
Yelm’s Government is a “STRONG MAYOR-COUNCIL”
* Under this system the Mayor is the chief executive and
* the City Council is the legislative body.
* This system is modeled after the Federal Constitution structure of government.
A Strong Mayor
* Not A Member Of The City Council
* Proposes City Budget
* Appoints Department Directors
* Veto Authority
– The Yelm Mayor is paid $30,000 per year for his part-time services as chief executive, according to the Yelm Municipal Code (YMC).
– The Yelm Administrator is paid $104,000 – $125,000 per year for their full time services to “coordinate activities of all city departments,” from the city’s job description.
Mr. Harding can not possibly be paid $30,000 in “…directing the daily operations of City government…” when the City Administrator is paid $104,000 – $125,000 per year for full time services to “coordinate activities [daily operations] of all city departments.”
The Mayor has not been authorized by the Yelm City Council to be “…directing the daily operations of City government…,” in defiance of the Yelm Municipal Code (YMC).
– City Administrator page is now blank on the city’s website:
– Letter to Editor by Steve Craig published in the Nisqually Valley News (NVN):
“Process to Hire New City Administrator Needs to Include the Public”
– “Search for New City Administrator Could Take Months”
“Vacancy is Opportunity to Re-evaluate Position, Mayor Says”
[Ed. Note: The City Council nor the public have been involved in any discussions re-evaluating the City Administrator position.]
Read more from the NVN.
Meanwhile, the City of Yelm is without a qualified City Administrator for now over 4 months.