As corrupt Tom Weisner quits and a federal criminal investigation dangles over his head (and others), we are excited about the potential to save our city from the past decade of destruction.
There is now an opportunity for the city council to finally do what it should have done all along, protect taxpayers and put public policies that fix the mess instead of rubber stamping the wild spending, corruption, tax increases, appointments of incompetent people to key positions (i.e. Kristen Ziman, Alayne Weingartz, etc) and watching our city decline in the process.
For years, when anyone would raise the issue of the pension liability boiling in Aurora, Bob O'Connor would shift blame to the state for "forcing us" to support luxury pensions without a way to fund it.
Now, as he schemes to become the temp mayor after failing to protect taxpayers as chair of the finance committee, we've learned Bob O'Connor not only wants to exploit taxpayers with the mayor's salary but use the temporary gig to boost his pension far higher than it ever would have been or deserves.
The simple and most basic requirement for anyone to take the temp gig is to agree in writing not take any additional salary or pension beyond what one gets as an alderman.
It's not fair to taxpayers and it's not fair to the rest of the city council, all who are no worse than Bob O'Connor and some, who are far better choices.
With Tom quitting, this is not the time to keep screwing taxpayers further.
Instead, this is the time to show this city council was smarter than Tom and will make sure this situation isn't an opportunity to be exploited.
And, if we simply need a temporary mayor, we like the suggestion to might as well give it Carie Ergo, even if her primary skill is lying.
She already makes a massive salary and runs the mayor's office so no big change and no cost increase to taxpayers.
Or, if you want a temporary mayor that would come and clean up the huge mess for six months, former city council members Rick Lawrence and Chris Beykirch are experienced, understand the issues inside and out and would make it far easier to address the many problems created and left by quitting Tom.
Does anyone believe Bob O'Connor would fix any of the mess he helped create? Yeah, we didn't think so either.
Instead, we suggest if Bob O'Connor really cares about this city, he would step down as Alderman-at-Large and exit with Tom.
Maybe Rick or Chris would be willing to step in since they know what it's like to be an alderman and not just walk around with a title.
It's time to start figuring out how to save our city now, not six months later.
And, given the investigations, don't say we didn't warn you everyone is watching. Curious to know which current city council members are on the list?
Might not be a good idea to make someone a temp mayor who could be joining Tom. Just saying.