During this past Tuesday’s meeting of the Lakewood Village Board, both Village President Phil Stephan and Trustee Doug Ulrich criticized Trustee Bryan Younge for wanting Chief Administrative Officer Jeannine Smith’s job.
It is clear that Younge thinks Smith should be replaced, but the implication from the criticism of Younge was that he was seeking to replace Smith to get the salary.
Now comes information from a May 6th email from Younge that sheds light on Younge’s “ambitions.”
- Tender resignations of Phil, Jeannine and Doug at the meeting. Documents will be prepared and present, needing only signature. Cite risk of FOIA. If they refuse, exit this roadmap and move to next plan. If yes, continue to (2).
- Appoint acting president. I’d nominate either of you two, Brian or Ryan. All qualified.
- Appoint acting CAO. I could step in unless there is a more solid full-time option. No pay. [Emphasis added.] Other trustees could help with lifting until we get though COVID and are able to refill position. Jan and Sue indicated the Village could run effectively for a little while without any CAO, and much longer with an able warm body there.
- Appoint sixth trustee at the meeting. Many good options. I believe newly appointed president could immediately nominate this trustee and the board could approve. I can think of five good options.
- Slide up to $75k to interim president if the replacement is fully employed and would be offset, good through next election or until special election. Pay would then go back to statutory amount.
- Use $150k saved from CAO forbearance to fund interim president (if such pay is needed), to save one officer position, and to extend cost of living raises. Find money immediately earmarked for nonessential silo paint jobs to save other officer position.
- Start police fund for later needs. Address immediate needs with operating funds, like make repairs to equipment, replace Village hall police door, and replace one patrol vehicle which is badly needed.
- Assign simple committee heads, starting with culture liaison. Followed by social (organize byob seasonal parties for morale), and also philanthropy (good for resident children’s college apps). Nothing overbearing or complex. Could be trustees.
- Issue a formal apology to employees for poor treatment.
Thoughts? Lots of moving parts but the parts fit together. Smoron would need oxygen though.