INCOMPETENCE IN GOVERNMENT – PART 2
For years now, I have been telling the community that E. Ryan Leighton has no credentials but is receiving a very large salary. It is amazing that the Town Manager, Mrs. Barnes, has not assisted Mr. Leighton in obtaining the necessary training. Everyone, including the Town Council, has let Mr. Leighton slide on everything.
This goes back to when he was impersonating an Engineer. The state had to step in and tell the town that he was not a qualified Licensed Professional Engineer. Then there was the Environmental Protection Agency fining the town for several problems and one of these was the sewer department did not have Standard Operating Procedures. This is a basic action all professionals know to do when taking over a new job.
If you have ever watched a Town Council meeting, you should have noticed that almost every time Mr. Leighton presents anything there are more items unknown than known. However, the Town Council allows him to slide almost every time. You would think that someone would try and educate Mr. Leighton so it would improve the quality of the process. Look and see how Request for Procurements (RFP) is processed without controversy.
If the town is going to keep employing Mr. Leighton, it is only fair that he receive training. It is Mrs. Barnes’ responsibility to ensure your town employees are qualified to perform their duties. She has been allowing this shoddy work to continue without getting Mr. Leighton assistance.
If you doubt anything I am saying go to the Town Council video for April 11, 2017 and start a 2 hours and 31 minutes and listen to the dialog pertaining to the Salt Shed. Play close attention to how many questions Mr. Leighton cannot answer without the help of the Town Council. He is asking for $250,000.00 based on a guess because Lewiston salt shed cost $200,000.00 several years ago. I am sure that we do not use as much salt as Lewiston; so our requirements would be different. Also, try to find out where Mr. Leighton plans on locating it; the size, or even the size of the current salt shed. There are so many unknowns so how can anyone make a sound decision. The video is 3 hours and 12 minutes and the Council has more unanswered questions then answered.
Shouldn’t we expect a Department Head to know everything about an item when they are presenting them?