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Scandals cry out for a full investigation

Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

This is in response to the Telegraph article written March 27 stating “Mayor says city needs to form strategic plan.”

The City Council approved to spend $31,400 for an outside consulting agency to develop a strategic plan and offer leadership training. An additional $7,950 is the cost to the taxpayers to provide our city officials a 2-day trip to learn how to do their jobs.

Lack of leadership and planning should be the reason these elected officials are putting on their resignation notices.

Dave Blackburn, who has been in city government for more than two decades and now holds the position of commissioner of accounts and finances, should be escorted out the door for “failure to provide leadership and planning” – not sent to a 2-day retreat at Starved Rock Lodge to learn how to be a leader.

Mayor Burke stated, “Most large successful corporations go through a process like this.” Corporations would not turn a blind eye on a mess like Dixon has. A CEO would be escorted out of the door and off the property as well as some, if not all, of the board members. Spending a total of $39,350 to try to justify the past is ridiculous.

The people of Dixon need and deserve a complete investigation by an outside agency into city government. It has been a year since the “Rita” scandal; we are now in the midst of the “Ortgiesen” scandal. As usual, n o heads roll in Dixon.

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