“Unethical, Inappropriate, and Unprofessional” are not words that any city manager would want spoken about his conduct. Least of all to have those words used at a public council meeting. But to even make it worse are to have those words spoken about you by a sitting City Council Member.
But that is exactly what happened on Tuesday night at the 29 Palms city council meeting.
Council Member Jim Harris, using great restraint, informed the public that our current city manager seems to think that information about Jim Harris’ grandson is somehow information that may effect the functioning of the city.
Council Member Harris’ grandson was arrested. That is public record and if you knew his name you could look it up. However, Jim’s grandson’s name is not even close to Harris so knock yourself out trying to find the information.
But Mr. Warne thought that this arrest of an adult that does not even live with Jim was of such importance to the city of 29 Palms that he sent out a text to all the other council members and who knows who else – the city attorney I am sure was included along with the city clerk and everyone else that works at city hall I imagine.
Now, one has to ask why would a city manager do such a thing? What was he trying to do? What good was he trying to do for the city of 29 Palms? What good was he trying to do for Jim Harris or Jim’s family?
According to Jim Harris, Mr. Warne did not even ask Jim about sending the text out to all of his peers and subordinate city employees – he just did it.
Needless to say Jim Harris is not very happy about Mr. Warne’s conduct. I am not very happy about it either and I am sure there are a multitude of citizens that once they find out about this little event will not be very happy either. Several citizens even approached Jim after the meeting to express their sorrow for Mr. Warne’s actions. As of today Mr. Warne has not apologized to Jim or even contacted him.
To me it demonstrates an incredible lack of social etiquette, tact, and knowledge of exactly what is important to a city and what is not.
This action by Warne smacks of retaliation for Jim’s stance against Warne during the recent budget battle. Time will eventually tell why Warne did what he did and if the pressure gets strong enough Warne will provide some form of spin such as “I wanted Jim’s peers to know about the situation so they could provide comfort and support to Jim during this trying time.”
That dog will not hunt because Jim thinks that his grandson got what he deserves and Warne would have known that had he simply asked Jim if he needed any assistance.
I see a greater storm brewing for Mr. Warne – why? Well he is out of touch and as Jim said he is “Unethical, Inappropriate, and Unprofessional”.