- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - The Burlington mayor has apologized for comments that offended some city employees.

The Hawk Eye newspaper reports (https://bit.ly/2f7FrkU ) Mayor Shane McCampbell apologized at Monday’s City Council meeting for comments he made last month during a discussion of a 7.2 percent raise given to City Manager Jim Ferneau. Some noted the raise far exceeded the 2.5 percent increase given to other city employees, but McCampbell replied that Ferneau was involved in the city’s most important decisions.

Contrasting that with other city workers, McCampbell said, “They take a week off and maybe a few blades of grass don’t get cut.”

Burlington’s firefighter union objected, arguing firefighters, police and others do more than cut grass.

On Monday, McCampbell apologized, saying his “actions will show you I’m for the little guy.”

___

Information from: The Hawk Eye, https://www.thehawkeye.com


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide