Tracy councilman using ‘bully pulpit’ again

To the editor:

On Jan. 8, Tony Peterson (councilman) once again used the “bully pulpit” (with) one of our city (Tracy) employees and attempt to shed doubt on a local newspaper.

For the record, on Oct. 23, 2017, Tony Peterson had to be told by the then Mayor Ferrazzano to not vote on his own recall election items on the approved agenda. On Nov. 27, 2017, Tony Peterson voted on his own recall election and his brother’s resignation from the charter which is a conflict of interest by our city code and charter.

On Dec. 8, 2017, I spoke with Matt Gross, Tracy city attorney, concerning this with the explanation that vote would not need to be rescinded and redone because the outcome would most likely be the same but in the future, if Tony Peterson does not identify his own conflict of interest it could be done by the city attorney, the city administrator or at public comment during the meeting.

On Dec. 11, 2017, Tony Peterson again did not identify the conflict of interest for two agenda items and needed to be reminded by the city attorney to refrain from voting which Tony Peterson did with obvious disdain.

On Jan. 8 there was an article in the Marshall Independent that was accurate with the quotes from the city employee correct and within her scope of duties. At the council meeting, Tony Peterson once again used the “bully pulpit” to use procedure to shed doubt on the Independent’s article and openly cast doubt on our city employee when in fact, both items in the article are true.

Quote from Teddy Roosevelt, “bullies do not make good men; and boys or men of foul life cannot become good citizens, good Americans, until they change; and even after the change, scars will be left on their souls.”

Sadly, bullying has been Tony Peterson’s way of doing things from the start of his time in city government. He has made no effort to change his behavior, at the cost of casting doubt where there is none on people who are simply doing their jobs. No more.

Rosemary Krueger Martin