Concerning the current upheaval regarding Wetumpka’s police chief and deputy chef, if the city’s personnel manual was followed and actual instances documented at the time of occurrence the issues alleged would then be supported.
During my tenure as a councilman this documentation for any employee of the city was non-existent and has resulted in numerous lawsuits and negativity on the City of Wetumpka.
To have actual officers of the police department break silence during an investigation shows the necessary discipline required to operate a trained force is eroding.
The mayor is ultimately responsible for their actions as the elected top official of this city.
I commend those who have remained silent, but in this day the court of public opinion feels if you keep silent you must not care. The silence is much louder than the noise.
As this situation continues to boil all I can say is the voters will remember in two years what has or continues to occur.
Council members represent districts for which the people they represent will ultimately decide.
There is a he said, she said, but somewhere in the middle lies the truth.
My nod has and will be to keep Chief Dixon and Deputy Chief Crenshaw and my councilman has expressed his vote this way.
How the people of the districts whose council members voted to continue with this process feel versus how their representatives are actually voting is an accountability of democracy.
The people of Wetumpka are 30,000-plus strong. Actual census numbers put Wetumpka at 7,500 of which 800 are prisoners (yes they are counted even though they can’t vote).
Now remove more of the non-voters from the above numbers (look at how many people actual can vote) and you see it only takes about 1,500 votes to become mayor and even fewer votes to be voted a council member. It takes a majority for action to occur.
In Wetumpka politics that equates to four out of six votes (five council members and the mayor).
Three of the five districts have voted to proceed at this point. The voters in those districts and the council members can change to keep the chief and deputy chief.
As far as the mayor’s vote, he never wanted Celia and has created an environment that has led Wetumpka to where we are now.
He could fire the deputy chief today if he wanted to, but it takes the majority to fire the chief.
Call your council member. Talk to them personally.
It only takes a few of the voters to make a difference.
If you stand silent the cards will fall to the floor whether you agree with the hand or not.
Former Wetumpka City Councilman