The Hampton Distraction-Saturday Ramblings

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Fall

As of this writing, we have 52 days until the swearing-in of Muncie’s new mayor, Dan Ridenour.  Dan’s win will usher in a complete change for the Muncie City administration.  Yet, the big news is should Hampton be removed?  Of course, he should step down of his own volition.  Or the council should exercise their legal obligation and remove him.  Doubt either will happen.

Why do we think Hampton is a non-starter?  First, and foremost we still have Mayor Dennis Tyler in office.  He’s not leaving the city in the best of shape.  Sadly, he will do as much damage as possible.  His true colors are showing for all to see.  If he loved the city as much as he claimed, his desire would be for the city’s well-being.  We have nine city council members who could vote anything in or out.  Seven of those members won’t be returning in 2020.  Jerry Disman and Brad Polk will be the veteran members.

Hampton is a minor distraction amongst the major issues facing this city.

Some of the items on the agenda is an independent audit of the city.  Additionally, we have accounts running in the red and millions of dollars in debt.   Time doesn’t permit all of the issues facing our city to be listed.

Not to mention getting major positions filled as well as the support staff for each department.  Below is a list we compiled – not necessarily in order of importance.

  1. Muncie Parks Superintendent
  2. Fire Chief
  3. Police Chief
  4. Community Development Director
  5. Superintendent Board of Public Works
  6. City Controller
  7. Prairie Creek Superintendent
  8. Building commissioner
  9. Human Resource Director
  10. Redevelopment Director
  11. Law firm 
  12. Animal Shelter Director
  13. Board of Public Works
  14. Channel 60 Director
  15. Various board appointments
  16. Support staff

Despite the fact, the Democrat Headquarters broke Indianan State law by appointing Hampton in the first place, this is just 214 DHQ doing what they have always done.   So, let’s get him out of that position.  And for sure, let’s watch how the council votes and the actions of the outgoing mayor.

You see after Hampton is gone he will soon be forgotten.  Sticking with us for some time is the effects and cost of corruption.  John should gracefully and with dignity remove himself.  So should Tyler exhibit the same when he leaves office,  However, whether it be winning or defeat, grace and dignity have never been their strengths.

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