The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 18, 2014

Your View: The rest of the story

JOPLIN, Mo. — This old boy is baffled, bewildered and bumfuzzled.

Why would two-thirds of our council not wholeheartedly (three for Rohr, two abstentions, four to fire) support our award-winning manager in August and then on Feb. 4 have five of nine voting to depose Mark Rohr? Is there any substance to their reasoning, or is there not?

After Rohr’s non-supporters in August withdrew their efforts to send Rohr down the road, apparently having shot themselves in the foot, would they in good conscience and as presumably rational individuals, shoot their other foot by again asking for the dismissal of their chief operating officer?

Could the council members’ “without cause” be detrimental to someone’s future or so subjective that, on the advice of counsel, the cause would be difficult to prove and expensive in court costs?

Oh yes, I realize that our inquiring minds would partially be satisfied if the council would reveal the cause for the dismissal, but then again, why is Rohr hesitant to follow conservative broadcaster Paul Harvey’s procedure by telling us “the rest of the story.”

Bob Steere


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