To the Editor:
Our City Manager, Bill Nicklas, in the Aug. 12 Dekalb City Council agenda Item L, summarized the City Clerk issue with the statement: “Given the importance of the duties outlined above, do we want to hold the person who performs them to a professional standard, or do we want to trust their popularity at the polls?”
This clearly implies that the residents of Dekalb are not qualified to elect a City Clerk
with professional standards! In two referenda, the residents clearly voted that they wanted
to retain the right to vote for the City Clerk. A number of residents spoke at the Aug. 12
City Council Meeting reiterating this fact and stating their cases against making the City
Clerk job an appointed position. In spite of this, aldermen Smith, Fagan, Verbic, and
Faivre, as well as the mayor, voted to take that right away!
If you were not able to attend the Aug. 12 Dekalb City Council meeting, please view it in its
entirety on YouTube. The comments that were made both by the residents present and
the aldermen were very enlightening and should be heard by all. I agree with the resident speakers that the City Clerk job should be full time with an appropriate salary. This would eliminate the argument that the current City Clerk, Lynn Fazekas, is not
always available when needed.
Also, there appears to be a power struggle between the City Manager’s office and the
City Clerk’s office which has become personal. In light of this and in the interest of
checks and balances, it makes sense that an employee of the City Manager’s office (the
executive assistant no less!) should NOT also serve as a Deputy City Clerk.
It is time for a change on the City Council! When the aldermen above and the mayor
ignored the residents’ referenda and voted to make the City Clerk an appointed position,
they lost the respect and trust of many of their constituents. When Aldermen Tracy
Smith, Patrick Fagan, Mike Verbic, and Anthony Faivre as well as Mayor Jerry Smith
come up for reelection, let them know that the residents are qualified to elect office
holders with professional standards. Vote them out of office and replace them with
people who will listen to the residents and truly represent their wishes.