From the resolution to censure Ward 2 Alderman Sam Kooiker:
WHEREAS, the investigative report shows that the Transit Division Manager provided 110 pages of email correspondence with Alderman Kooiker dating back to 2003 to provide contest and in support of his complaint; and
WHEREAS, the investigative report shows that during the first 18 months of his tenure the Public Works Director reported more than 1000 pages of email correspondence with Alderman Kooiker; and
WHEREAS, Alderman Kooiker's extensive use of email to City employees far exceeds the amount of email correspondence of the rest of the Council combined; and...
The City has not produced the 1000 pages of email correspondence the Public Works Director reported.
The City has produced the 104 pages of emails in its packet of "evidence" provided by Rich Sagen, Transit Authority manager.
Between 2003 and the time of the censure, Alderman Kooiker pressed SEND a grand total of 37 times in seven years, and that was to Robert Ellis, Dirk Jablonski, The Rapid City Common Council, Rich Sagen and a private individual asking about bus routes.
Of the 37 emails Kooiker actually sent, 19 were sent to Mr. Sagen. That's 2.7 emails to Mr. Sagen per year average. Of the 19 emails he actually sent to Mr. Sagen, three were thanking him for answering his question, acting on a request and for inviting him to attend a meeting. So that leaves 16 emails that actually made a request for action or to answer a question. That is 2.3 emails per year average for the seven years in question.
I can certainly see why Mr. Sagen feels he's been harassed by a guy with whom he has not spoken for seven years. What say you, Forumpians? Anybody smell a set-up?