False and baseless
To the editor: This letter is in response to a letter submitted by Cecil Adkins in the March 10 issue of The Press.
Police Chief Ken Frost serves the Village of Walbridge and its residents with tremendous dedication and attention. His leadership encouraged council to use engineering firms for projects within the village, ensuring hired contractors are bonded and insured – which has proven to be solid advice.
Under Chief Frost, the Walbridge Police Department has become stronger and more efficient, leading to a safer community in which to reside. Mayor and council unanimously support the efforts of Chief Frost and recognize him as a valuable asset to Walbridge.
Without merit, it seems Mr. Adkins has taken on a personal vendetta for the police chief. What Mr. Adkins fails to inform the readers is, the village has previously employed, on multiple occasions, an individual serving dual roles, wearing both the hat of village administrator and another position. Ironically, one of those individuals was his own brother. There was never any concern or problem then, so why the personal attack on Chief Frost, who has a flawless record, a decorated military résumé, and an impressive education background?
The village continues to operate in accordance with the laws of the State of Ohio and the policies and procedures of the village, as confirmed by the ruling from the State of Ohio Attorney General’s office received in October 2013. Mr. Adkins does not agree with the ruling from the attorney general and has isolated Chief Frost as his focus to dismantle the positive momentum in the village and police department.
Mr. Adkins blames the village for not providing ample information to the attorney general’s office for its legal opinion, which is completely false and baseless. The attorney general’s office spent seven months with the request on dual compatibility, often times contacting our village solicitor or village office for additional information they needed to complete their findings. They had complete access to any and all information they needed.
The village has gone above and beyond for Mr. Adkins. He seems at peace monopolizing the time of the village office to provide public records requests, which are often hundreds of pages long, simply to gather information on Chief Frost and look for flaws within the operations of the police department and village office. The reason the village asked the attorney general for a ruling on the compatibility of the two positions was at the request of Mr. Adkins. Mr. Adkins did not receive the answer he was apparently hoping for.
Mr. Adkins has many good qualities to offer the village, including knowledge and rich history. Our wish is for him to work with, not against, the effort to continue moving the village forward in a positive direction.
Mayor Edward A. Kolanko
Council members Ken Gilsdorf, Fred Sloyer, Sue Hart-Douglas, Ron Liwo, Larry Boday and Lauren LaRoe
To the editor: A few weeks back The Press printed a letter that blamed our problems on the Republicans because they didn’t come to the table with President Obama.
We received Obamacare without any Republican input.
Libya was bombed without any Republican input and when the U.S. Consulate in Libya was attacked the president handled it alone.
The Internal Revenue Service harassment of conservative organizations was done without any Republican help.
When you go to the table with the President, if you don’t play his way, he takes the ball and goes home.