The Parker Town Council heard a plea for civility and unity in Call to the Public at their Oct. 5 meeting. Judy Enrico-Maye said public criticism by council members of town employees or each other does no one any good.
Enrico-Maye began by stating she is a 50-year resident of the area.
“We have a great town,” she said. “It adopted me. I’m proud to consider it my home. That said, it needs work.”
Enrico-Maye noted the town’s finances have been sound for more than 20 years. Unlike La Paz County, the town has not had any financial crises and has not had to lay anyone off.
She then held up a cell phone.
“This is a tool,” she said. “When Council Members go on social media and criticize the Town or the employees, it does no one any good. They need to unify, not divide.”
This was said in Call to the Public, so Council Members could not respond.
In recent months, there has been considerable criticism by some Council Members, most notably Randy Hartless, over the actions of Town Manager Lori Wedemeyer. This criticism involved the departure of former Senior Center Director Darla Tilley and questions about what information is given to Council Members. Other Council Members have been critical of Hartless.
Enrico-Maye did not mention anyone by name in her remarks.