If Bill Dwelle decides to run for re-election next year we hope voters in Perkins Township remember well the leadership qualities he brings to the trustee board.
And when they go to the polls they should review his list of accomplishments:
n Communication skills that generate a lawsuit filed by a department head and a top township employee.
n A proposed six-figure settlement in that lawsuit that would have transferred financial liability from Dwelle to township taxpayers.
n His deception in telling residents he would meet with fellow trustees on a Tuesday to discuss that settlement followed by his decision to meet a day earlier --effectively making sure voters are kept out of the loop.
n A second lawsuit filed by Dwelle against anothertownship servant that already cost taxpayers $5,000.
n Dwelle's belief that "a phantom group" has been working against him for decades.
n His assertion that he's infiltrated that phantom group with his very own spy so he can keep track of its dealings.
n Dwelle's decision to insert himself into the middle of a police investigation of the Concorde Care Center, where an employee is accused of raping multiple helpless residents.
n His initial claim that he informed his fellow trustees of his plan to meet with Concordeadministrators and his later acknowledgement, when pressed to the wall, that he did not.
n His refusal to review the potential savings of a combined emergency dispatch operation withSandusky and the joint police headquarters proposal.
n His continued insistence he is stands for fiscal accountability when it's readily apparent he ignores opportunities to reduce expenditures due to his longstanding grudge against the police department.
n His flip-flopping on the Strickfaden Park issue and a host of other issues.
Creating an atmosphere of divisiveness is Dwelle's greatest accomplishment over the past three years, and that divisiveness threatens the long-term health of the township.
We hope voters remember that when they consider Dwelle's impact and his fitness to continue as atownship trustee.