Albion Michgian News

“Regarding the Recall Language Submitted February 25, 2019 to the Calhoun County Election Commission”


Albion (AMN) February 26, 2019 — SONYA K. BROWN, GUEST WRITER 

“Regarding the Recall Language Submitted February 25, 2019, to the Calhoun County Election Commission.”

I have reason to believe that the communication which is the basis of this recall language was obtained illegally and disseminated improperly to members of the public by Albion Department of Public Safety (ADPS) Director Scott Kipp. I also have reason to believe that ADPS Director Scott Kipp is directly connected with the bogus Facebook blog City Watch run by Albion resident John Face, who has for more than a year dishonestly assassinated the character of former Albion Mayor Garrett Brown and has spent countless hours defaming other City Council Members and myself.

For eight years, I have done my best to serve the Albion community as an elected official. I understand and follow the Albion City Charter, the City Council Rules of Procedure, and the City’s Code of Ethics ordinance. Pursuant to Albion City Charter §5.8, it would be improper for me as a Council Member to give a directive regarding the hiring or firing of an employee or to address the employee directly. The context of the referenced communication is crucial and is not included in the proposed recall language.

During the electronic communication which was a casual conversation, my intent was to remind City Manager Latonya Rufus of her administrative authority as city manager over personnel to terminate any employee that is continuously insubordinate and/or in debt to the city of Albion for hundreds of dollars (e.g. an unpaid cell phone bill for a personal phone tied to a city account), and not to give a directive. She was seeking input on a solution for a continuous issue. City Manager Rufus had disclosed growing concerns over her treatment by specific members of staff and City Council. In the best interest of Albion, all pertinent facts and information need to be made public. Currently, it has not.”

Respectfully submitted,
Sonya Brown
Mayor Pro Tempore
Council Member, Precinct 3
City of Albion, Michigan”

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