Sam: With eight eight votes to bring this censure resolution to a public discussion, do you feel the weight of the council against you? And could that lead the public to presume you've been guilty of misconduct? K.W.
Kooiker: The release of the resolution before all the information was available is unfortunate. I was not allowed to see or respond to the supposed supporting information before the resolution was made public.Sam: The key issue here was a complaint brought by the city Rapid Transit manager, charging you with what I guess we could call harassment and bullying over a period of months and even years. How do you respond to that? K.W.
Kooiker: 110 pages of emails are referred to in the resolution, However, I sent less than 30 emails (which is a lot less than 30 pages) to Mr. Sagen between the timeframe of 2003 and 2008.
Prior to Sept 2009, a period of 15 months went by where made no inquiries of Rapid Transit. My last email of substance to Mr. Sagen was a Thank You email in October 2007, and I responded to one of his messages in early 2008.
The issue last September involves only 6 emails, all of which involved Mr. Sagen's supervisor, Robert Ellis (Public Works Director).
The emails are all available for anyone to look at, and they are professional and simply show I am following up on constituent requests.
Kooiker: It is no fun to be going through this. I find myself in the unusual position of having to explain why I ask questions, when that is precisely what my constituents have repeatedly elected me to do...
Sam: You have said recently that you no longer believe the cost of the tossed brochures was $30,000, right? And to clarify, you're saying that when you were using the $30,000 figure, you didn't know that it was incorrect? K.W.Kooiker: After the public works meeting in September, Mr. Ellis provided me the receipts, showing the cost to be less than 30k. After he provided the receipts, I didn't pursue it any further. I thanked him for following up. Regarding the figure of 30k, that was a number others gave me and I didn't know if it was correct or not, which is why I was asking for the invoices.
[Comment From Michael : ]
Sam: Did the invoices you received from Mr. Ellis contain the costs from the advertising agency that conceived and designed the brochures and the agency's commission?Kooiker: I don't believe so because they are 3rd party invoices, and do not appear to be the invoices that were sent to the city for payment.
I do not have invoices from the ad firm.Read the whole thing here.