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Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:08 am, Sat Dec 15, 2012.

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


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  • roy bitz posted at 8:21 pm on Mon, Dec 17, 2012.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    It is what it is and it always will be.
    Show up at the Council meeting this Wednesday to see for yourself folks.
    Elected volunteers

  • Bobcatbob Ingram posted at 11:28 am on Mon, Dec 17, 2012.

    99er Posts: 119

    Moderator ..please delete my last message submitted 2 min ago.
    Thank You...

  • Bobcatbob Ingram posted at 11:20 am on Mon, Dec 17, 2012.

    99er Posts: 119

    7am meetings ? Thats early, BUT here in your FAT neighbor to the north (SAC)
    we go one step further and have 'secret' meetings,... the general public can NOT attend to see our city council / mayor do their job..... and Yes yes the officials swear they will not speak of zoning changes or any other information the average man could get RICH on if He were so inclined.

  • Renee Culver posted at 10:26 am on Mon, Dec 17, 2012.

    ReneeCulver Posts: 1

    I find it interesting that Sheeran is Bob Johnson neighbor![smile]

  • Josh Morgan posted at 8:04 am on Mon, Dec 17, 2012.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 541

    Personally I detest evening meetings and much prefer morning meeting but that really isn't relevant. You spend a great deal of time accusing phantom individuals of wrongdoing and sinister actions. I want you to back those accusations with facts. Who are these individuals? What specifically are they doing? For over the 50 years I've been in Lodi they've had 7:00 am workshops. Why is all of a sudden such a problem? After a longs days work I want to spend my evenings at home with my family.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 7:50 am on Mon, Dec 17, 2012.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Mr. Litton, I appreciate the effort you give as a member of the Lodi Improvement Committee, as well as your peers, and I agree with your assessment that most applicants that have filled out proper paperwork for certain positions with the city of Lodi and all of its boards are never considered for the job merely because they don't have the right connections. If you study the major boards and the appointees, you'll find many same names and relatives and good friends of council members on these boards. It's part of what is called the good old boys and girls club. Unless you get an email agenda from the city clerk, you would never see the incoming and outgoing appointees to the various boards. Always reading all of the approved meeting minutes, I see that many of these board members stay forever if they want once they are appointed, so it makes sense to me that all appointees should be approved by majority vote of the council, but only after ALL applicants have been interviewed. Isn't that what council, management and staff get paid for doing? Is council afraid to see someone appointed that would be a threat to upset the applecart and horn in on the good old boys and girls domination of these positions? There should also be a two or four year term limit to any one board to allow all applicants a chance to serve a two or four year term.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 7:27 am on Mon, Dec 17, 2012.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Mr. Morgan, are you really that naive? Do you attend or watch the council meetings? Or study the agendas sent by email by the city clerk upon request? Or the approved meeting minutes also sent by the city clerk upon approval? I'd suggest you watch the archives on the regular meetings and read the approved minutes of the 7AM shirtsleeve meetings, which council knows most can't attend because of their schedules, and in which many important issues are presented and approved, and never covered in the lowly local paper, seemingly to keep people like yourself from knowing what is really occuring with your city council, in my opinion. This council is the only one that holds these 7AM meetings, supposedly to allow council members to take care of business and have time to make it to their regularly scheduled job on time, that I've been ablle to find in this northern California and most of the state. Local political incumbents I've spoken to have never heard or known of such an absurd regular public meeting time as 7AM. So why does Lodi city council still hold these Tuesday 7AM meetings, many just the day before the regular 7PM meeting in which they could easily schedule those same isues at the Wednesday evening 7PM meeting? Is it that they want to keep the Lodi residents in the dark on those important decisions doling out more government welfare to their campaign contributors and those they appear to pander to on a regular basis? WHAT? I thought council meetings were to be scheduled for the citizenry to be able to attend in the evenings after their work day and to have the chance to speak at the podium on any issue they choose. Isn't there something wrong with meetings that early in the morning? Unless you subscribe to the city email list that e-delivers the agendas and approved meeting minutes, which I do, You won't read any of this in the Lodi paper and once in a while in the Stockton paper, otherwise you would never know what is happening in the trenches in the city of Lodi

  • Josh Morgan posted at 3:18 pm on Sun, Dec 16, 2012.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 541

    Doug, I want to join with you of ridding this City of these corrupt individuals serving on these boards. Would you please disclose to me who they are and what Boards they are serving on? Who has been "hand picked" by Council members or management to serve on these boards without going through the appropriate process? I want these people identified and run out of town. Help me out here.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:48 am on Sun, Dec 16, 2012.

    advocate Posts: 502

    If you closely look at the names of many, or most, of these appointees you'll see they were hand picked by council, management or staff to suit their own needs and not allow "outsiders" the privilege of seeing how corrupt many of these boards are with their pandering to the local contractors, wealthy, well connected, realtors, developers and any issue that benefits the "good" part of town and leaves eastside Lodi in shambles, in my opinion.

  • roy bitz posted at 10:00 pm on Sat, Dec 15, 2012.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    I have read hundreds of great resumes and hundres of crappy resumes.
    Every one was responded to quickly.
    In the private sector, professional courtesy demands this.
    In the pubic sector-----not so much.

  • Tim Litton posted at 4:14 pm on Sat, Dec 15, 2012.

    Tim Litton Posts: 24

    I currently sit on the Lodi Improvement Committee and have for the last few years. I have applied for other positions in the past. I had never been contacted for an interview until I applied for a position on the Site Plan and Architectual Committee this year and received a phone call from Mayor Mounce. The fact that the City Council Suddenly has an issue with the process when all of them have done the samething is also a concern. What I wonder is, what was their sudden change of heart? Simply the fact that it wasn't their appointments? It makes you wonder.


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