Posted by John P. Johns, CPA, a resident of another community, on Apr 16, 2010 at 9:38 am
After the passing of Bill Conwell, Jerry Carlson was one of many distinguished residents who interviewed for the position of City Council.
Mr. Carlson brought with him a long list of accomplishments, including Controller of Hewlett Packard, several years of service on the Audit Committee and at the time, President of the ACIL.
When Mr. Carlson interviewed with the Council, he said two things that revealed his duplicitous and solicitous nature . He told the Council that he would resign as president of the ACIL and that he would have no plans to run in the future for City Council.
It is worth noting that Jerry Carlson didn't just say he would resign from the ACIL, he said getting on the Council just might be his "exit strategy from the ACIL".
In portraying his elevation to the Council as an escape of sorts, Mr. Carlson was patronizing the City Council. The City Council thought of the ACIL was, as a mere burden and certainly not one in which a member of the Council should have any prominent position in.
Shortly after being appointed to Council, Mr. Carlson reversed himself and decided to run for Council.
Whether Mr. Carlson lied to the City Council about his future plans or changed his mind, we will never know. However what has been clear as a result of Mr. Carlson's behavior on the City Council is that he has become well practiced in the art of concealing his true beliefs and intentions.
Mr. Carlson has shown to be an unreliable ally to those who had counted on him to act in the best interests of the community. [Portion removed]
Mr. Carlson tells people what they want to hear, rather than what they need to know. Mr. Carlson's preponderance to do so was on display at the City Council session of April 7th, when he complained bitterly about having looked bad by not attending a meeting, blaming the scheduling snafu on City staff and when he gave Marsala a free pass for soliciting a bribe (er loan).
Mr. Peter Carpenter in another post has said that Atherton gets what it deserves. I submit that Atherton is deserves better, much better, than a man like Jerry Carlson on the City Council.
Atherton deserves a man or woman who will speak plainly, who will speak honestly and one whom the electorate can count on to be an ally in the war against public corruption and in the fight for efficient and transparent government.
Tell Jerry Carlson that you as the electorate in Atherton would prefer that he honor his word once and for all. Tell him that you would prefer that he follow through on his commitment of years ago not to run for Council.