At last night’s City Council agenda fixing session, around fifteen people came to the mic in support of recently fired Director of Media, Lamar Mackson. That figure doesn’t take into account Mackson’s many more supporters who sat both in the pews and even upon the City Council bench. While I managed to get video of some speakers, I fumbled the opportunity to record several important ones. Nevertheless, I captured a good amount of footage, most of which you can expect tonight (6/11).
Words from Dee Dameron
Resident Dee Dameron, who is not on video, went to the mic to read an open letter to Mayor Adrian Mapp. Here is the transcript:
…[Mapp’s] vision of “One Plainfield, One Future” inspired all of us to demand change and support it. Mayor Mapp delivered the State of the City address on January 6, 2014 at the City Council reorganization meeting. That very night, I witnessed friction between Mayor Mapp and the City Council over a temporary budget. However, they reached a consensus and the approval was unanimous.
At a special meeting in January, I observed an issue with Joy Spriggs – her employment status and circumstances beyond her control. Her family came out and pleaded with Mayor Mapp to do the right thing. After consideration, the Mayor had a change of heart and her employment continued.
Where am I going with this? Mayor Mapp, over the course of the last few months, I have seen things that I am in agreement with you on and other things that I’m not. The same applies to the City Council. There are things that you have done that I’m in agreement with and other things I’m not. Plainfield has real issues and yet the city is in turmoil because of its leadership. The question is, where do we go from here? Since Mayor Mapp is not here I want this part to really be put on record.
Mayor Mapp, since you are our leader and we the people of Plainfield elected you, I will direct this to you. Word on the street is that you have political favors to repay at the expense of Plainfield residents by hiring outsiders. That you are working behind the scenes to remove Frank Tidwell, Chief of the Fire Division from office. That the majority of the City employees are afraid to speak out due to possible retaliation. That you’ve come across as a dictator. That the One Plainfield, One Future vision is a farce. That you have reneged on promises to give jobs to Plainfield residents that helped you during your campaign. That you should be recalled as Mayor, especially for the recent termination of Lamar Mackson from PCTV.
In other words, Mayor Mapp, there is so much negativity about you swirling around. Is any of it true? What will you do? Only you know in your heart what the truth is. The people elected you to do your job, and trust in you to provide honest, ethical leadership for Plainfield. As a resident of Plainfield I am asking that you do a thorough introspection and give consideration to rehiring Lamar Mackson. He has done an impeccable job at PCTV, which is an invaluable asset to the community. It provides opportunities for our youth. It benefits our seniors who are at home and unable to attend meetings, and it gives positive information about our city.
Mayor Mapp, on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 6:39PM you and I had a private telephone conversation. At that time you said, “Dee, you know me, I am a man of my word.” Mayor Mapp, with all due respect, I have two words for you: prove it.