Weatherford Democrat

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January 13, 2013

Former Willow Park mayor’s actions cost city

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Those who endorsed Marvin Glasgow for mayor also bear responsibility, names such as Poythress, Skaggs and Alderman who in public writings endorsed Glasgow, sometimes with full knowledge of these past shenanigans, enabling Glasgow to serve again in spite of these character issues. These same former officials are culpable for the entanglement of Willow Park in these various lawsuits, after which they compounded their actions by endorsing Glasgow. Also responsible – the other local paper which refused to print substantive facts which would have informed the public, thereby enabling the office of mayor to be occupied by a person such as Glasgow.

Other problems also persist in the under qualified administration of the city. For the record, I believe hundreds of thousands of your tax dollars have been misappropriated during the years Glasgow served as mayor. I have continually advocated a forensic audit of the city’s books. Glasgow, Alderman and the administration have resisted these efforts at every turn. The current mayor and council could take corrective action on behalf of the citizens if they are compelled to do so. If you choose to do nothing, then nothing will happen, and you will continue to bear the fruits of incompetent government officials acting above and beyond the reasonable limits of the law.

For those of you who believe that government in Washington or Austin is broken, might I invite you to attend one city council meeting, vowing to stay till the conclusion of that one meeting. See for yourself how City Hall functions in Willow Park. The very best medicine is for reasonable people to understand what is happening, and play a positive role in improving our local community.

I served my five years, thank you very much. It is time for others to come forward. Short of that, the City of Willow Park will likely continue to be managed inefficiently in spite of the efforts of some few good public servants, men such as Hickerson, Brown and Martin.

Kenneth Hawkins, Willow Park

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