LMAO....are you kidding? What has he done but give Snack Girl her health insurance, compliments of the taxpayers! Oh, and how to run from the cops in his Birthday suit.
Trying to be objective here...There is no discernable difference in any aspect of life in the city, two years into Ireton's run. Crime? Same, perhaps worse (his obsession with stats notwithstanding). Downtown? 3rd Friday goes well. Give credit where it's due. Beyond that though, no difference at all. Jobs? Nothing new. The new windfarm company will land on his watch, and that's fine. Beyond that? Not much on the economic development front. Landlords/rentals? Clearly, worse. He won't even have discussions with them. Mayoral rants? He wins this hands down. His rants, as opposed to BPT's, have a much less mature tone to them. Relations with council? Worse. He couldn't tolerate Smith, though Cohen will be his worse nightmare. Drinking? Worse. His thrice weekly apprearances at Flavors of Italy are legendary. City's reputation? Worse. Just ask the comptroller how he feels. Jim does seem passionate about the job. That's a plus. But, in ways that would just eat him up...he's the same as BPT!! They're the same person in many regards: spiteful/petty/vengeful. And Jim aligns himself with Campbell/Cohen/Spies/Hall/Albero. Enough said. That's my recap. Anyone else??
Id comment but it would be positive and I doubt if you would print it, given you generally censor posts that don't agree with your point of view.
I swear the river has gotten dirtier since he's been in office
I will post any comment regarding Jim as long as it's not overly nasty
At least he is addressing the problems, unlike his predecessor, who along with her cronies were the problem.
Jim is mayor, gee I thought Barry Tilghman was still in office. or Mickey Mouse
The city has a long way to go. He has done good on some things and some mistakes on other things. average job thus far
3:42 pm. Good evaluation.
He handled the retirement of SFD Chief See well. Took the time to find the right replacement- to a fault, even- and got it right. SFD is continuing to prosper and recover from the past. No disasterous mutiny and confontrations like what happened when Jim's predecessor first selected a fire chief.He handled the SPD Chief Webster situation very well. I won't get into a discussion about your buddy, but I think we can agree that he did not get along with his newly elected boss and was unwilling to take the department in the direction his boss wanted it to go. Futhermore, Chief Webster and Sheriff Mike Lewis did not get along. Like it or not, Lewis is very popular and will probably be our sheriff for as long as he wants the job. Cooperation between these 2 depts is essential for the resolution of salisbury's crime problems. This was headeed for a firing under the premise of insubordination, whether it would have been justified or now remains to be seen. Jim, for lack of a better description, paid Chief Webster to go away. Jim, again learning from the mistakes of his predecessor, did not repeat the Colburn Dikes' fiasco where he was fired over some bogus allegations and the city eventually had to pay him a handsome sum of money in a wrongful termination lawsuit settlement. For his replacement, Jim again went outside Salisbury and brought in a seasoned police chief how is able to hit the ground running with our crime issues. He did not pick a law enforcement administrator who had not spent alot of time on the street in years and who had never been a police chief, which is, not to sound derogatory, what Chief Webster was when he got the SPD Chief job. I think we are seeing the results already. I believe the latest numbers show violent crime down a third or so.The Safe Streets program is far from perfect and will certainly need some refinement as things move along. But he put it out there and it will move forward, now that the obstructionists are off the council. It will have sucesses and failures. Much better than doing nothing at all about the problem. He's doing well with working on bringing the new EVO beer brewery to town, again undoing a terrible blunder of the previous administration. They have the potential to be a major employer and taxpayer for the city, as well as a tourism draw.I could go on, but this post is long enough already. Jim gets a A+ grade for his first 2 years! Great job!
8:42 I allowed your comment but obviously you are aware I disagree with some of it..but you are entitled
Please share and allow discussion on your disagreements.
well I think you will find that once Safe Streets is done, Terry and Debbie and Tim will become Jim's new obstructionists
The post at 8:42 makes some good points, as did the one looking at Ireton's negative made yesterday. His hire of Chief Duncan came only after his embarrassing pre-mature offer of the job to his friend Ernie Leatherbury. That said, at the end of the day, Duncan's choice was perfect, and Ireton clearly recognized her talents. Give him credit. Linens of the Week? Give him credit. Ironically, Comegys, Smith, Shields supported that, while the C girls didn't. EVO walked away on their own before. I've been told there was NEVER an ask on their part to the city. They had walked to Delmar before any negotations were even attempted. That said, bringing them to Salisbury in a pro-biz fashion as the city is now doing, is a positive. On the crime front, the 8:42 post is off, in my view. It is WELL known that Ireton is asking that all crime from the mall area NOT be included in the statistics. Ireton sees stats as he wants to see them, in the way which best reflects him. I don't believe anyone seriously believes that crime is better now than two years ago. We had a man held up at gunpoint in the city park three weeks ago, at 4 p.m. Enough said. Safe Streets is a Debbie Campbell concocted mess. Let's enact the few good parts and abandon the vengeful ones (500 homes seized in the next 10 years!!) - and move on. Mark my words: Jim will not do well with the C girls. They will eat one another, and the spitefulness of each will become legend. Very soon.
Agreed Safe Streets is a work in progress, and there are things I like and dislike about it. As I said, there wil be sucesses and failures before the final product is made workable. I think Leatherbury would have been a fine chief. I give credit to Jim for offering it to a local first, and when that didn't work out, finding an outstanding replacement from outside the area. He gets credit for making sure Officer Barkley has a position of authority in line with his qualifications and experience. It remains to be seen if the crime wave in Salisbury is truly on its way down. I think it is, but there is stil alot of work to do. Time will tell. Oh, and EVO walked when the city wanted exorbatent water and sewer fees up front. Dont blame them a bit.
I realize why EVO walked. But, this is the point: they walked before even asking for a discussion about the fees. They never made an ask of the city to negotiate those fees. They walked out of protest before even asking to talk about it. I don't blame them for walking, either. But, they could have talked about it first. Clearly 9:39, Grinch has proven that he will post all thoughts on all topics. Not something that the other blogger does. So, keep coming. Debate like this is good.
Jim has his own entry on Wikipedia. Davis Ruark does too.
It depends on who you ask on whether EVO talked to anyone about the fees. In any event, the city treasted a prospective new employer like crap. This administration is not repeating that mistake.
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