Councilman speaks out against formal complaint

In regards to Mammoth Town Government: On Feb. 5, the Mammoth Town Manager wrote a formal complaint against me, Councilman Brewer, for threatening and intimidating behavior.

The complaint is the result of the Jan. 17 meeting. One councilman called another and left a message on his cell phone about busting up the Mammoth Fire Department. As a result, one councilman resigned. When and if this matter gets to court, we will find out who is telling the truth.

Issue two: I questioned the decision to cut the working hours of town employees. The Town Manager said it was better to keep all employees, while earning less for a short period of time, would be better than downsizing or cutting employees with special skills. I explained that the talk around town (and not just by employees) is that this was done to protect the nepotism issue relating to the Mayor. The Town Manager then explained to me that nepotism does not apply to the Mayor in regard to the Public Works department. The Town policy does not address romantic relationships.

She went on to say that she felt that no matter what decision she made, I would still show up to harass her. In our discussion about nepotism, she did not say anything about the state statutes regarding nepotism.

I understand in the Dec. meeting, council members declared a conflict of interest. Maybe that is why the decision to cut work hours was made behind closed doors and not in an open meeting. If anyone has attended meetings of the Mammoth Town Council, then they know that wages, job description and other matters are all done in open meetings.

Issue three: On Feb. 1, a meeting was arranged by Councilwoman Medina to discuss an item I wanted placed on the agenda. I wanted a full blown discussion on the Public Works department, as requested by the Mayor in the Jan. meeting. I explained three different times the topic I wanted to discuss hiring and firing practice, job assignments and seniority.

Present in the meeting were Councilwoman Medina, Public Works Director David Garcia, Town Manager Patsy Large and myself. As I was getting ready to leave, the Mayor walked in and asked me to explain it again. I refused and told him if he wouldn’t have come late he would know what was going on. The Town Manager said that I left her with the impression that I wanted an audience in an open meeting to make a presentation. I believe open meetings are for discussing the issues we have here in town

Issue four: I have “an arrogant behavior and I am disruptive to the office staff. These tactics lead to a hostile work environment and will not be tolerated.”

In the Feb. Special Meeting, it was the Town Council, Public Works Director, Chief of Police and Town Manager trying to intimidate me in the executive session in the presence of the Town Attorney. I gave a formal letter to the above-mentioned, requesting a copy of the tape and written minutes of the executive session.

I went to the Town Hall to get the minutes and copy the tape. There is no recorded minutes and no written minutes of the meeting. The Town Attorney said I could have a copy of the written minutes, but the Town Manager says it’s illegal to record or take minutes of Executive Sessions. Did this meeting ever take place?

I know one thing: nobody should have to take the kind of abuse that was thrown at me in this meeting. In all fairness, there were three on the council that did not yell or make accusations.

/s/ Joseph S. Brewer

Mammoth Resident and Councilman

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