Citizens of Huron, good and not so good news.
First the good news. Two command officers have come forward to take on the difficult task of "acting" chief. Sgt. John Majoy in the Police Division and Capt. Steve Osterling in the Fire Division. These two men have what it takes to do a great job. I ask all of you to join me in expressing our gratitude and support. To date, the city manager, acting chiefs, and the safety forces staff have agreed to not replace recent retirements which will save you, the taxpayer, hundred of thousands of dollars.
The great thing is the improvement will come with no loss of services. In fact, more efficient practices will improve service to you. The city manager and ICMA group both have said the cost of our safety forces are unsustainable.
I am saddened to tell you that to date the City Council has not given the administrative staff clear, measurable direction to initiate any action to address the study. I ask that you not only show support for the acting chiefs but tell council it needs to act now, not wait until after the November election.
Remember these are the same people who, only two years ago, asked you for more tax dollars.
Thank you for all your continuing support. I will continue to inform you because transparency and honesty in government is essential.
Huron City Councilman