Chides Walker decision

To the editor:

I am appalled that the city manager of Jonesboro, Jon Walker, only saw fit to place Code Enforcement Officer Anthony Butler on paid leave for his reprehensible conduct in city court on Thursday, March 24. This is tantamount to a paid vacation and a great big "atta boy" for Butler.

Obviously City Hall must approve of this kind of behavior or Butler would have been dismissed with cause immediately. It is mismanagement such as this that has the citizens and business owners in Jonesboro up in arms. I am disgusted with the odor that continues to emit from City Hall.

I find it repugnant that while trying to squeeze the last penny from the citizen's and business owner's pockets, Walker continues to waste taxpayer money in such a manner.

After a debacle such as this, I find it outrageous for the city to continue to employ such a person in such a high profile position. If policy dictates and procedure demands an investigation before termination, then rescind the paid leave and place him on unpaid leave. The citizens and business owners deserve at least this much.

Can we not restore a tad of respectability to our city? Is this asking too much of you, our elected officials?

"We have done everything that can be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned, we have remonstrated, we have supplicated. Our petitions have been slighted. Our supplications have been disregarded and we have been spurned." Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775.