Wednesday, September 5, 2012
I am a new resident of Sunnyside, but have been a frequent visitor for close to 13 years. My father-in-law is a local youth minister, and I have recently begun attending Oasis Community Church, where I have learned much about the community as a whole.
After following your paper's coverage of the Frank Sweet situation, and after listening to Monday's city council meeting online, I am astounded.
I realize every city large or small has its issues, but how in good conscience can this town council keep (Interim) City Manager Sweet on the job? Is the council afraid of Mr. Sweet? Are they blind to the negative light in which this portrays Sunnyside?
Logically, he should be put on at the very least paid administrative leave. If the council knows something we don't as to why Mr. Sweet is fit to remain in office, don't be circumspect, as they were in Monday's meeting. Give us the straight answer as to why he has earned your support; we deserve this much.
I applaud Pastor Bob Widmann and the other citizens who took a stand and requested Mr. Sweet's leave. I had hoped to attend, but as I am blind and the town has no public transit, it wasn't an option Monday evening.
City Council, listen to your constituents and do as directed. If he is cleared, restore his office. If he is found guilty, then by removing him now you can be well on your way to having a replacement ready to assume the position.
/s/ Wes Derby, Sunnyside