Wednesday, December 16, 2009

COUNCILMAN JEFF DAVIES OF NORTH CANTON THE SUBJECT OF THREE COMPLAINING LETTERS GENERATED INSIDE NORTH CANTON CITY GOVERNMENT. WHAT ARE THE ALLEGATIONS?



In yesterday's blog on North Canton's city government, the SCPR wrote in part:
A recent biggie that has city officials in a dither is a letter or letters that Mayor David Held has generated fingering a sitting council member as engaging in harassing and discriminatory conduct.  A source close to the councilman says that the Held accusations are bogus and are a total overreaction to innocent conduct.
Today, the SCPR expands on this prior post.

The councilman who is the subject of three letters obtained by the SCPR, is Councilman Jeffrey Davies.


THE LETTERS:


Letter #1 generated by Mayor David Held.

In this letter penned by Mayor Held on December 7th, Held complains to Council president Daryl Revoldt:
  • That after a November North Canton City Council meeting, in a conversation between Held and Davies, Davies made an offensive comment to Held regarding Held's wife,
  • That after the December 1, 2009 North Canton City Council meeting, Held arranged for group photo during the taking of which, Held alleges, made an offensive comment towards Councilwoman Marcia Kiesling,
  • That Davies has a history of making offensive comments to "[city] employees and others" which Held had already communicated to Revoldt.
 Held concludes as follows:



Letter #2 written by Superintendent of Utilities and Recreation Thomas Chupar on December 10, 2009 and directed to Mayor David Held.

In this letter, Chupar writes, in part, as follows:


Letter #3, was written by a subordinate level city employee which the SCPR is withholding the name of:

 

Davies friend and community activist Chuck Osborne says that all of these allegations are unfounded and to the degree they show anything, it  is that Davies is a well know jokester and nothing more.

Osborne also suggested that, in his opinion, Held doesn't like Jeff Davies and that Held is leading an effort to force Davies off counsel.

And so "the beat goes on at North Canton City Hall."

It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out.

Is Osborne correct that this is a Held grudge on Davies exercise.

Or, as he has told the SCPR, is Held doing what he thinks the law requires of him and other city officials in terms of Title VII of the Civil Right Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities law?

Stay tuned!