Thief River Falls City Workers made their own Declaration of Independence last night, attempting to deliver a Resolution of No Confidence to the Thief River Falls City Council.
Flanked by representatives of the Electric, Street and Sanitation and Police Departments – Mike Spears – with the Thief River Falls Fire Department, was cut short by Mayor Steve Nordhagen as Spears attempted to read the Resolution of No Confidence brought against City Administrator, Jodie Torkelson. The group had requested time on last night’s City Council Agenda but were unable to read the full resolution, Mayor Nordhagen saying it appeared to be a personnel matter that should be forwarded to the Labor Committee.
Spears said after the meeting employees are determined to be heard.
With 69 of 73 employees in favor, City Workers passed the Resolution of No Confidence, blaming Torkelson’s management and leadership style for on-going conflict and an adversarial climate that has wasted time and resources.
The resolution claims the fallout has brought employee morale to a low point that resulted in the unprecedented no confidence vote. The Labor Committee had not previously been scheduled to meet this month, up-coming meetings including Utilities, Park and Rec, Public Works and Administrative Services all scheduled next week. Spears was joined at the table by Brian Jacobson with the Electric Department, John Cervantes with Street and Sanitation and Officer Seth Vettelson, with the Thief River Falls Police Department – each chosen by their co-workers to deliver the resolution last night to the City Council.
The council have chosen not to hear it but you can catch the entire context of the letter when it is read this morning on Open Line and you can see it all for yourself when last night’s meeting is rebroadcast tonight, in living color, at 8pm on Sjoberg’s Cable Channel #13.