by Jeff Taylor
No exaggeration: This is most unbelievably awful thing I’ve heard involving local government since I returned to Charlotte in 2003.
Word is now out that City Manager Curt Walton intends to bury the personnel file of Marcus Jackson behind a wall of self-serving mumbo jumbo. Check out what WFAE got out of city attorney Mac McCarley:
If Council wants to authorize the release of file material after reviewing it, the Manager would have to reach the same conclusion before the issue could move forward. The statute requires the Manager to make a written finding that public confidence in the service requires releasing otherwise confidential material, and then the Council must concur. I don’t know Curt’s current thinking on this issue, but up until early this week, he was still of the opinion that release was not warranted.
If both the Manager and Council agreed to a release, it could probably happen sometime in the business day following Council action.
In addition, WBT has sound today with Walton declaring that he does not think it is in the “community’s interest” to release the file. In other words, the fix is in. Left unanswered will be these very basic questions:
As of this time Curt Walton and a majority of sadly misguided Charlotte city council members do not believe the tax-paying public, the public in whose name and authority city government and CMPD have been called into being to serve and protect, deserve any answers to those very basic questions.
Should this go down tonight at the GovCenter it will be a perversion and corruption of government in plain sight.