Mayor’s Mug Shot
From the EJ:
Mayor, board members topic of special Waxhaw meeting
Dec. 07, 2013 Heather Smith
WAXHAW — Mayor Daune Gardner is one of topics of a special called meeting of the Waxhaw Board of Commissioners.
Outgoing Mayor Pro Tem Erin Kirkpatrick called the meeting Monday at 11:30 a.m. in the town hall conference room to talk about several topics. One topic is Gardner’s “office, reimbursement for improperly charged Town credit card expenses, expenses charged to Town Credit Card non-compliant with Travel/Reimbursements and budget.”
Any action would be the last for outgoing members of the board. It comes a day before Waxhaw’s new commissioners take their oaths of office. The timing did not escape Gardner’s notice.
“As a matter of precedent, it is customary for outgoing elected officials to defer items of new business to the incoming members, particularly items that may be controversial,” Gardner wrote in a letter to the editor.
The commission will also discuss two other volunteer town board members, William Hardman and Jason Loseke, who were members of the board of adjustment and parks and recreation committee respectively. Hardman was also an unsuccessful candidate for town commissioner.
Gardner drew criticism in May when she was charged with DWI by a Waxhaw Police officer. As news of her arrest spread, so did allegations she broke town policy by using the town credit card to pay for alcohol. The board of commissioners voted to censure her.
Gardner is still awaiting a decision on her charges. Her next court appearance is Jan. 15, 2014.
The story above doesn’t begin to tell everything. That would take a book.
I wish to point out a couple of inaccuracies in the mayor’s comments. For one, the issue of the mayors credit cards and repayment is old business, and Waxhaw has a long history of the outgoing board conducting business prior to the new term and seating of new members.
From my anonymous sources, this meeting was not ALL the doing of Mayor Pro-Tem Erin Leigh Kirkpatrick, two other commissioners asked for items to be added to the agenda. The latest word is that one of those two have now decided to skip the meeting — We will have to wait an see.
The mayor earned her second DUI last May. She has DEMONSTRATED a pattern of alcohol abuse, irresponsibility and PUBLIC ENDANGERMENT.
HOW many people have had their lives disrupted or destroyed by drunk drivers?
In addition to that, there are unresolved questions concerning the USE of TOWN CREDIT CARDS to buy ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. In a previous meeting the commissioners voted to remove the mayors travel budget and credit card privileges. The fact that SHE WAS GIVEN THEM TO BEGIN WITH boggles the mind.
Hey WAXHAW are your taxes SO LOW that you can afford to fund MAYOR PARTY anywhere she chooses to go.
TAXPAYERS and CITIZENS deserve better, but to all the in MAYOR EXCUSE SQUAD one note:
If the mayor was a regular citizen, I wouldn’t have a thing say about her behavior, but she is an elected official. Elected OFFICIALS must be held to a higher standard. We can’t allow sympathies or other emotion to cloud the issue.
She has embarrassed the citizens of WAXHAW, making you a laughing stock of the region. Nowhere that your mayor goes can she hide the facts, nor is the ridicule of Waxhaw. Stories about the Mayor’s behavior have been in the Raleigh media and of course the internet.
WE have to regain control of our elected officials, but it starts at the local level. YOU HAVE TO CARE AND DEMAND ONLY THE BEST or you get what they are only too happy to give you.
BY THE WAY, in tomorrow’s regular meeting, YOUR MAYOR has placed on the agenda, requests to restore her travel budget and credit card privileges.
Apparently the mayor has certain expectations of the new board members, taking the OATH OF OFFICE tomorrow night.