Ashland voters voted to change our city government from a strong mayor to a strong city manager. The special meeting last Tuesday was ostensibly to refine details of the search for a city manager, but instead became a hostile takeover attempt.
Long before the pandemic sucked the life out of our hospitality, restaurant, and theatre sectors, many citizens expressed unease with the lack of fiscal restraint shown by city government. We were asking politely to pull the curtains back just a little. We wanted to see and understand how the sausage was made.
Nobody asked to see a slaughter! It’s ugly and we shouldn’t have to tolerate this disregard for common decency. By resorting to bloodbath tactics, councilman Jensen has abandoned any shred of civility that candidate Jensen may have shown. Claiming long residency does not give councilman Jensen license to abridge the community’s right to a civil society.
Others on the council who facilitate his behavior are tainted by his reckless disregard for our sense of propriety.
Marty Breon, Concerned Ashland Citizen