The Idaho Falls newspaper reported on February 9th that City Councilman Larry Lyon had been ousted from his position as chairman of the city airport committee â€“ because Mayor Jared Fuhriman had illegally done away with the committee by combining it with another.
Turns out the airport committee was established by city ordinance in 2002, something the mayor didn’t bother to find out.
Not only that, but Larry Lyon wasnâ€™t even at the meeting because the day of the city council meeting had been changed â€“ moved up by 2 days to a Tuesday instead of the traditional Thursday. Larry had received the notice, but like many of us would have done, assumed it was just the usual. Busy with work during the day and college courses in the evenings, Larry does have a few things to occupy his thoughts.
Once again Mayor Fuhriman moves ahead without considering the rule of law. And once again, I ascribe his actions to his â€œpolice departmentâ€ mentality.
You see, the chief of police is appointed and answers only to the one who appointed him â€“ the mayor. The chief is accustomed to giving orders and having them followed, with minimal accountability to the citizens. The chief of police is a bureaucrat of the first degree.
The Sheriffâ€™s office is in stark contrast: the sheriff is elected by the voters, and is the constitutional law enforcement officer in the county. He answers to the citizens of the county every day. If he makes a mistake, heâ€™ll pay for it at election time because he is not insulated from the citizens as is the police chief.
Jared Fuhriman, fresh from the police department, just keeps making executive decisions with complete disregard for the law or citizen input (even when it is given). Look for him to propose scrapping the city law that established the airport committee in order to validate his actions. And look for his â€œyes menâ€ on the council to give him the green light.
The lesson to be learned? If you’re the mayor and your actions turn out to be contrary to the law, you can always change the law after the fact.
Hmmm. Wonder if that would work for the average citizen who mistakenly speeds through a school zone? Think ignorance will get you out of a ticket?