I was in the process of writing the following letter honoring our Mayor until Rob Schroder announced that he will seek reelection in 2018:
Mayor Schroder should be complemented for his announcement last year that he will not run again for Mayor. It is in line with the policy he has set in place with his Mayoral appointees on commissions.
In a council meeting, last year (June 15) he made it clear that there is a time for people to move on and to bring in fresh ideas. He stated that he was not reappointing several commissioners because some had served for “…many, many years and some over a decade.” He continued…, “but I also think it’s time to open up some of these expired terms for opportunities for new people who want to give back to their community and give them a chance to serve.”
My then thinking, “bravo, he is a fair and wise man,” has changed because of his bravado and leads me now to recognize this was merely more of his decades of drivel.
He has set one policy for the people and then sets a new one for his personal advantage. He has served “many, many years…over a decade,” and more, over two decades.
How can any person set that standard and then take this action? That is a person who cannot be trusted, a person with no integrity.
He, by his own guideline, has served too long. That is one major reason for him to leave office upon expiration of this term. The second one, and of far more significance, is the mistrust that he has created by this dishonorable self-serving manner.
Let that not become the image of the position of Martinez Mayor.
– C. Gonzalez