Ms. Brenda Akins' letter written in response to Ms. Talbot's letter regarding who among Dixon Flynn and Bob Johnson is the insider in Lodi politics raises several issues that must be clarified.
While I won't debate which candidate deserves the title of "insider" or "good old boy," which deserves an article unto itself, I do feel that it is immensely important to clarify several points.
First, Dixon Flynn did not bring Michael Donovan to Lodi. Michael Donovan came to Lodi with his plan to address the contamination. He sold his idea to the former city attorney who in turn sold it to the City Council. Dixon Flynn, as a good manager and employee of the city, supported the decisions made by the council and his former colleague. Mr. Flynn's role was to facilitate the process for the City Council and city attorney, a role which he performed exceptionally well. To blame him for decisions made by the City Council and city attorney are misdirected and unfair.
In terms of financial genius, he is. He has balanced the needs of the city with the economic realities of the last ten years far better than many city managers have throughout the United States. His ability to retain high quality, professional staff has kept the city running through these challenging times and has allowed Lodi to attract new opportunities and enhance much needed services.
Mr. Flynn's deep dedication to the city, unparalleled sense of professionalism, and his belief in working for all of the citizens of Lodi has produced untold benefits for our community. It is truly sad to see that so many people in the city of Lodi do not appreciate what a dedicated and talented person they have in Dixon Flynn.