As a member of the 2011 East Palestine Charter Review Committee, I need to clarify a few of your observations in your editorial of April 4. First, you mislead your readers by not reading all of Section 5.01 regarding the removal of the Manager. If you go to the Codified Ordinance of East Palestine, under the Charter, you will find that Section 5.01 has subcategories (a) through (f), giving the Council a great deal of power to remove a Manager.
Second, the original Charter Commission which drafted the charter, did not consist of any "City Manager" it consisted of residents who were active in the community, including several who served on council.
The charter creates a "strong council/weak mayor" system of government. And despite many discussions on expanding the role of the mayor, council still retains its power to deal with the manager and the municipality.
The manager, by providing a clear chain of authority, stands as a check on the desire of any member of Council to micro manage the various departments, or to act irresponsibly.
Naturally, our voters will cast out any member of council who pursues a private agenda or a petty quarrel. And no resident of East Palestine is shy about scolding any member of council who misbehaves.
Stephen A. Hill