Deja Vu -
Is history repeating itself with our city manager?
At the June 22nd City Council meeting, Mayor Gregg Hull asked the RRTP President to “correct” information in a RRTP website article about the City Manager attending a recent meeting of the police union. The article stated the City Manager attended the meetings to discuss possible repercussions if a vote of no confidence in the police chief occurred. The Mayor alleged this could not have occurred since City Manager Keith Riesberg was out of town at the time.
Although we did not publish the date of the meetings or who called the meetings (and we wonder how the Mayor even knew which meeting(s) we referred to), his comment spurred us to dig deeper. We submitted an IPRA request for the following information related to the date in question:
In our quest for truth, a simple Google search (Keith Riesberg + Police Union) revealed a startling similarity of past history during Keith Riesberg’s final days as City Manager in O’Fallon, MO. Police union issues and a vote of no confidence in their police chief seem to be at the heart of Riesberg being fired from his position there. To add insult to injury, after the O’Fallon City Council investigated the situation, they decided to keep the police chief and get rid of Riesberg instead. Ouch!
Fast forward to our IPRA request. The City is reviewing the emails requested and has 15 days to respond. It will be interesting to see if the information the City provides matches what we have. And if it doesn’t, a bigger question should be swirling in the minds of our own City Council. We’ll let them figure that one out for themselves–for now.
Links to stories about Riesberg’s firing: