I am one of those few who are fortunate enough to get into public office who believes that promises made to the people in order to get elected are sacred, and should be kept.
Mayor of Ogden
From address to City Council
Jan 7, 1902
"This town is very exciting right now--developments are coming in droves." He [Councilman William Glasmann III] ended by "stating his willingness to serve Ogden in whatever capacity".
Weber County Forum
August 22, 2006
"OGDEN, Utah (August 31, 2006)—On August 31, 2006, Council Member Bill Glasmann resigned from the Ogden City Council (At-Large Seat A) to take a position with the Community and Economic Development Department in the Ogden City Administration. The remaining members of the Ogden City Council will appoint a replacement for At-Large Seat A within 30 days, according to the defined process for Council Member replacement in Utah State Law and Council Rules of Procedure. The replacement Council Member will serve the remainder of Mr. Glasmann’s term (until December 2009)."And what say our gentle readers about this not-so-surprising development?
Update 9/1/06 6:10 a.m. MT: The Standard-Examiner fills in some of the background surrounding Councilman Glasmann's council resignation, with this morning's informative Scott Schwebke story. Mr. Glasmann reportedly begins drawing a paycheck in his brand-new big-government job this very morning, wearing the very classy title "senior project coordinator" -- with Emerald City's Community and Economic Development Department. Ironically, he'll be wheeling, dealing and recruiting full-time for the very same Emerald City department that he repeatedly and vociferously slammed during the entire autumn 2005 municipal election race, when he told the voters Emerald City should get out of the real estate business. He'll be bringing down an annual $62,777 salary. And we're sure he'll earn every dime he brings home, as he grazes hungrily in the days ahead over the exceedingly bountiful Emerald City taxpayer trough.
The Salt Lake Tribune's Kristen Moulton also adds background to this truly poignant political story, briefly tracing the history of Councilman Glasmann's giant and highly-public political "flip-flop," and including a pithy quote from one "cowardly, scurrilous and anonymous" voice from the blogoshere who seems to have gotten particularly under the Std-Ex Editorial Board's skin, in recent days.
For our part, we now take Ozboy up on his suggestion to cut Bill Glasmann a "little slack," and hereby close the WCF book on Councilman Glasmann's short but notable political career. Having here provided our gentle citizen-voters of Emerald City a convenient discussion thread for the timely expression of their understandable disappointment and regret, we now cast Ex-councilman Bill Glasmann into political oblivion -- never to be again mentioned on the pages of Weber County Forum -- at least until the next time he royally screws up.
Update 9/2/06 7:02 a.m. MT: Council director Bill Cook has issued a second press release, correcting an error contained in his earlier press release of 8/31/06. The replacement council member who will be appointed pursuant to the city council process to fill Bill Glasmann's vacated seat will serve up to and including December 31, 2007, rather than for the full duration of councilman Glasmann's term (December 31, 2009) as was originally reported.