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Letter to the Editor: Pro-tem problem


I am writing to share my frustration concerning Lakewood City Council’s failure to ratify Mayor Adam Paul’s selection for the position of Mayor Pro-Tem at the regular City Council meeting of Dec. 4. According to Council’s Procedures Manual, the mayor nominates a council member for the office of mayor pro-tem, and City Council ratifies that choice. This is normal and established procedure.

A recent e-mail from former council member Wiechman prior to the Dec. 4 meeting framed this appointment as a battle between the “establishment” and the” independents” when it should really have been a vote to choose the very best person to represent the city at public functions in the absence of the mayor. Mr. Wiechman’s constant attempts to sow dissention and disharmony are destructive to any action to move our city forward and I am so tired of it! If he had any positive contribution to make, it should have appeared long ago.

It is clear that Dana Gutwein, the Mayor’s nominee, is a person highly qualified to fill the position of mayor pro-tem. She is intelligent and articulate and would have represented our city well for the next year.
The Mayor made a great choice in nominating her. Mr. Wiechman’s attempt to make this routine matter a divisive issue is too typical of his actions. Unfortunately, Council stooped to his level and a routine action became a political event. How disappointing that our city will have to face this kind of divisiveness for the coming term.

Lorna Fox,


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