- Editor’s note: Blog readers can notice that I have been especially critical of Mayor Foster where his lack of leadership is evident, as the local newspaper has proved with the previous Editor they are an ardent supporter and ensures he is given a “bye” on oversight. One area that is repetitious in Foster’s administration of the city’s business is the omissions involving so many issues. Here we have an excerpt of another Public Relations piece posted May 22, 2019 below that omitted a key fact from the public. While Mayor Foster’s spin on the Finance Dept. was highlighted, Mr. Foster did not acknowledge that the Finance Director is on administrative leave, nor why!
- Story Highlights:
- While Mayor Foster touts the Finance Department, his Finance Director was on Administrative leave – WHY?
- Where is the transparency in city government to which Foster said he was committed?
“State of the City: ‘On a Positive Path to a Sustainable Future'”
“Yelm Mayor JW Foster delivered his State of the City address at the Yelm Chamber Forum on Tuesday, highlighting the progress of recent years due to an award winning budget and a long-term revenue forecast.
“One of the first projects Foster took on as mayor was to invest in personnel and training within the City’s Finance Department to ensure sustainable funding for current and future employees, including additional police officers. [Ed. Note: City Administrator Michael Grayum informed the city council on May 14 that he is acting-Finance Director and acting-Public Works Director, as both posts’ Directors are on administrative leave, with no reason to the public provided. Where is the transparency to which Mayor Foster committed as interim mayor?]
“‘We don’t hire people for a trial run, we hire them for careers and we have to make sure the money is going to be there next year, in 10 years, and 20 years down the road,’ Foster said. ‘We took our time and put money where it needed to go and that was in the foundation of our City government,'” quoting the City of Yelm News Release. Read more