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Article sheds light on how the Lodi City Council works

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Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2012 12:00 am

I read the Dec. 7 article in the paper regarding the Lodi City Council blocking board nominations due to the mayor not following established protocol. I found the article interesting, especially due to the fact I submitted an application to be considered for the city personnel board this year (2012).

Not only was I not contacted by the mayor, I was never contacted by anyone, or even told a selection had been made to fill the open position. I found out through word of mouth that a person other than me had been selected, and just assumed the person was more qualified. I was fine with not being selected, but was extremely insulted when I read Mayor Mounce's comment about her not interviewing people she didn't feel were qualified, and not wanting to waste her time.

I applied for the city personnel board because I want to be active in the community and get involved with my great city. I felt with my almost 20 years of civil service (both federal and state), my decade of experience supervising civil service employees, and my graduate degree in human resources management that I was more than qualified for the position. I hold a business degree from a respected military college, earned a master's degree specifically dealing with employee personnel issues, have served my country as a military officer, and served as a federal law enforcement agent and as a state law enforcement officer/supervisor.

To be told I was not contacted for an interview because Mayor Mounce did not feel I was qualified and did not want to waste her time is not only insulting, but simply wrong. I am curious to see what Mayor Mounce's full professional resume looks like compared to some of the applicants she felt were not worthy of her response.

Thank you for your article, it has shed some light on the inner workings of our city council, and specifically the former mayor.

Jim Sheeran

Lodi

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