By Polly Keary, Editor
Gold Bar City Councilwoman Elizabeth LaZella has resigned after less than a year on the council, citing passive aggression on the part of other city officials and dissatisfaction with how the city conducts its business.
In spite of a city press release stating that LaZella, who was appointed to council in June of last year, was leaving due to a new career that requires specialized schooling that calls her away from evening council meetings; in an email Sunday she detailed some of her other reasons for leaving.
Chief among her dissatisfactions were financial matters, in which she claimed that the city could frequently have saved itself money.
The salaries of city employees is the city’s largest expense, she said, and opined that city employees were overpaid.
“City Hall should not be open more than three days a week and staffed three days a week,” she said.
She questioned the need for a fax line, education classes for city employees, the hours paid out for water pump checks, the cost of truck repairs and tires, office supply costs, and the process of paying for vouchers.
She also said that the city council signs off on vouchers without adequately establishing their necessity or looking for savings opportunities.
And, she said, she was discouraged from expressing her concerns.
“Ever wonder why so many places come vacant in the council and members resign? Passive-aggressive intimidation is the answer,” she wrote. “I was asked not to speak up, not to make a fuss and to shut up more than once.”
She also suggested that the mayor valued keeping the peace above cutting wages and hours where needed.
“My suggestion, purge the city hall of the mayor and the council and the workers and start all over,” she wrote.
Mayor Joe Beavers said everyone at the city wishes LaZella well in her new career.
The city is now seeking a new volunteer to fill the remainder of the term in City Council Position 2, which ends this year. Already at least one candidate has stepped forward, said city councilwoman Davi Martin.