City Attorney resigns. Is the embarrassment over?
The Assistant City Attorney resigned today just days after posting were found on Facebook that apparently exposed him as a closet Islamophobe, using foul language and attacking another poster. That would seem to be a pretty cut and dried reason for termination. However it is not that simple.
The other poster who he was conversing with, was never identified. The Post was forwarded on Facebook by two local Dunwoody students who claim they found it on a PBS blog or website. It was being investigated by the city and they had not yet turned up any connections to the City Attorney.
Then suddenly the Assistant City Attorney resigns. That makes him guilty, right?
What is does is save face for the Vendor, McClendon and Reilly, the law firm for who the City Attorney worked and the City. The embarrassment is over. Lenny is gone, end the investigation and move on. Sacrifice Lenny for the good of the firm and the good of the City. Time to move forward.
More now than ever it is time to see the investigation through. Did an employee of the vendor, the Assistant City attorney do anything wrong or was he simply hacked? If the investigation ends now as I believe it will, we will never know.
It is over, move on, get back to governing, it will cost too much to find out the truth. Sweep it under the rug. What does all that equate to? Weak leadership and expediancy.
A council that will demonstrate itself to be weak and not willing to seek out the truth. A Mayor who through all of this has hidden behind press releases made by a staff member and refused to step forward. Finally a City manager that has failed to make a statement. Nope, leave it to a press release.
If they fail to continue the investigation, they are all as guilty as Lenny. Only they are guilty of laziness and guilty of not doing the peoples work and finding the truth. They are guilty of settling for the easy way out. They are guilty of NOT being transparent
If Lenny admitted it before the resignation, announce it.
Bottom line is I asked a member of City council tonight that if a law firm came today and applied for the job of City Attorney, would you hire McClendon and Reilly, knowing what you know about the quality of service and professionalism. The answer was no.
Time for the Mayor and City Manager to step up and the council to act.