This entire episode concerning the removal or attempted removal of Licence Commissioner Walter Bayliss is Good Theater and gives WCAP, the Sun and the bloggers some end of summer material but it is plain foolishness.
The Manager was and is wrong in the way he handled the removal. For a “professional” Manager to not call someone in for a face to face meeting and ask for a resignation is inexcusable.
Chuck Carney covered up a theft and the Manager met with him to fire / demand his resignation. Walter Bayliss was entitled to that much respect for his years of service to the city.
Walter Bayliss has also handled the situation poorly. He claims it is about preserving his name and reputation but all he is doing is prolonging the inevitable and making himself look either pitiful by those who think “poor Walter” is getting shafted or think he is grandstanding and “being used as a puppet by the Boo birds.’
Either way it isn’t a favorable view of a dignified man who has done much for his city.
under Plan E the Manager is the appointing Authority and can remove a board member and when all this theater is said and done Mr. Bayliss will still be out only he will have spent good money and harmed his name more than done it any good.
You can’t hide from the records of television and when any hearing is held, Mr. Bayliss will be made by the Administration to look like Archie Bunker on his worse day. He may speak like your dad or uncle but that isn’t what is expected ,allowed or tolerated in today’s PC world. Watch some of the meetings and you have to admit that you cringe with some of his comments.
The Manager should meet 1 on 1 with Mr. Bayliss, air their difference, withdraw the call for his resignation and allow Mr. Bayliss to resign in the next three months on his term.
This is all foolishness that should have been avoided by the Manager. He should have known better and showed a lack of common sense in this process.
Finally speaking of foolishness, Tom Weirton and Mary Burns make themselves look like fools anytime they publicly criticize the Manager without stating that both lost their Health Insurance with the city do to this Manager and have hated him since and speak badly of him whenever possible.