LETTER: Kooiker censure shows lack of leadership

LETTER: Kooiker censure shows lack of leadership

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Kooiker censure shows lack of leadership

I have purposely waited to weigh in on the attack on Alderman Kooiker to let the smoke clear. I am totally disappointed in the City Council and Mayor Hanks in what became an attack on Alderman Kooiker for political reasons.

I served on the Rapid City Council for 14 years between 1992 and 2008 and served with nearly the entire current council.

Alderman Kooiker had every right to ask for financial information about the city’s bus service. And, after being given incorrect information by city staff, Alderman Kooiker had the right to ask further questions without getting attacked by fellow council members and Mayor Hanks.

I am not sure whether I am more disappointed in the council or a complete lack of leadership and direction from Mayor Hanks. This whole situation has not only personally and professionally hurt Alderman Kooiker, it has hurt Mayor Hanks and has torn the City Council apart. This was not positive for Rapid City in any way!

I encourage Alderman Kooiker to continue to ask questions and demand factual answers on all city business. Do not let this unpopular censure affect your tenacity or dedication to your constituents, Sam! Keep up the good work, Sam.

Tom Johnson

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Former Ward 1 councilman

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