In the wake of yet another city official using the city to “bank” a lifestyle, it seems that there is a common denominator among the elected officials of Dixon – arrogance, self-entitlement, and denial.
While Mr. Ortgieson ultimately did the right thing by resigning, I have to wonder, had his use of a city-issued credit card for personal reasons not been reported, would he have actually resigned? After all, he already owed the city for the “loan” he obtained from Ms. Crundwell, which he has yet to pay back.
I also have to wonder now that at least three city officials have been caught with their “fingers in the cookie jar,” per se, what it will take before the officials and whoever condoned the behavior (wittingly or unwittingly) do the right thing and resign – since we, the citizens of Dixon, cannot remove them from office?
Dixon, its managerial practices, and employment ethics need to change from “the good ole boys club” mentality to one of honesty, responsibility and accountability. How Mr. Burke, Mr. Blackburn, Mr. Shipman and Mr. Considine (and anyone else involved) can sleep at night and look at themselves in the mirror is beyond me.
With the state and country in the midst of a financial crisis, shame on you for putting the well-being of Dixon and its residents at risk with your arrogance and denial of the unethical and most likely illegal behaviors.
Now all we, as citizens, can do (until the next election) is put our faith and the city into the hands of Ms. Meyer and pray she has the ethical fortitude to continue bringing wrongdoings to light (thank you!) and enough character to continue in Dixon’s best interest – especially since none of the current officials can or will.