For years we, along with many others, have been a severe critic of Salisbury’s Daily Times. While the paper appears to provide somewhat balanced coverage of other local news, their coverage of Salisbury politics, city government, and the Wicomico Board of Education (BOE) has been biased almost beyound measure. To add insult to injury, the DT has refused to disclose multiple relationships with public officials (i.e. the fact that their former Executive Editor is married to the communications director of our former Congressman or that their former Managing Editor is married to the public information officer of the Wicomico BOE).
One of two things should take place now: Ireton should provide additional candidates for the council to consider or the City Council should reconsider and approve Hoppes for the permanent position.
Either way, city residents are owed an explanation. Ireton has explained his position; he has the chief he wants.
Instead of hiding behind “personnel matters,” tell us why this man who has capably managed the department for the better part of the past four years on an interim basis cannot be the department’s official 22nd chief.
But first, show some leadership and make a decision.
- Call on Ireton to obey the law.
- Call on Hoppes to waive his privilge because, as Parker writes, “city residents are owed an explanation”.
- Call on the council to amend the charter to strip away the confidentiality privilege from all positions that must be confirmed.