Friday, May 29, 2009

Mayor Bowers is Disappointed with the Breach of Trust

Mayor Bowers with his dog Catcher.

Mayor Bowers with his dog Catcher.

At Mayor David Bowers office this morning he expressed his disappointment with what he termed as a breach of trust by his colleagues who anonymously spoke to The Roanoke Times on an executive session personnel issue. That issue identified in The Roanoke Times was regarding a majority of Council members serious consideration in non-renewal of the City Manager, Darlene Burcham’s contract. Her contract will expire this Fall.

Saying he would not admit nor deny any position he may have but “others have apparently breached” that trust. Any previous discussions have taken place in executive session.

Bowers went on to say that the tone in The Roanoke Times article “did not seem like an attack on the City Manager but the attack was once again on the Mayor.” When asked who he thought the 3 anonymous Council members referenced in The Roanoke Times article might be he said “there are less than 6 under consideration.”

Bowers further stated “he could not discuss or identify the nature of discussions in executive sessions called in compliance with state confidentiality law.”

Mayor Bowers then broke the tension asking me if I wanted a “real scoop” then proceeded to tell me about how Catcher was the first dog to take a “poop” on opening day at the Highland Park dog park. Yes, that was a real “scoop of poop” to win a Pulitzer prize.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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Comments (3)


May 29th, 2009 at 12:49 PM    

Does Mayor Bowers remind anyone else of George W. Bush more and more everyday? It’s really becoming eerie.

And where was his high regard for confidentiality during executive sessions on personnel issues when he was flapping his gums to anyone who would listen about the situation involving his assistant’s position being cut?


May 29th, 2009 at 4:52 PM    

I found the Roanoke Times article to be extremely sad. Like the Mayor, I can’t fathom why council members would breech the legal bind of silence over executive session conversations.

Like Chris noted, the Mayor is no angel in these matters, but that doesn’t make the situation any less sad.

As much as I disagree with and dislike Ms. Burcham’s policy decisions, she does not deserve to be treated in such a manner by her employer.


May 30th, 2009 at 11:09 PM    

I hope and look forward to the time when citizens in Roanoke City elect competent, visionary, and common-sense leaders to your City Council.

Regardless of personal feelings towards Mayor David Bowers (and there are people on both ends of that spectrum), it has long been apparent that the one role anyone could hope he would play on the Council – that of leader – is entirely beyond his grasp and ability.

The fact is that he is 1 of 7 members, has no more power or ability to get anything done than the other six, and the one single item that he could do is lead.

It’s actually sad for the city that barring resignation, residents have to contend with three more years of David Bowers. I have a total belief that this first year of his current term has ended any future chance of electoral victory.

It would best serve Roanoke City if Bowers would step down from Roanoke City Council, focus on his law practice, and allow for a capable, intelligent and competent leader to serve as the city’s figurehead and ceremonial mayor.

Given the state of the city, it would be in its own best interest to avoid a three year delay in making significant, institutional changes.

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