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June 23, 2005

Davenport -- a hazy state of mind

Let's see .. when last we checked in on Phil Yerington, the Davenport policeman-turned-mayor-turned-policeman had been fired for insubordination and had gone to court to appeal the dismissal.

Now, he's being considered for a newly created "youth coordinator" job in the city parks department, and has the endorsement of City Administrator Craig Malin, who also backed firing Yerington last year. Strange, yes?

An attack of conscience? Yerington's abrupt dismissal from the police department in the midst of a campaign for Scott County sheriff reeked of politics. Mr. Malin, too, was hired as city administrator during Yerington's tenure as mayor.

So, the man hired by Mr. Yerington who then fired Mr. Yerington now wants to re-hire Mr. Yerington, who has a lawsuit pending against the city. (The QCT reported that Mr. Yerington had offered to settle his lawsuit for 88 grand in back pay and attorney's fees, but the city council said no.)

Whatever, Mr. Malin now thinks Mr. Yerington's "background in law enforcement and anti-gang efforts afford him a credibility and perspective, again, that appears unique among applicants" for the new job, which will pay between $48,000 and $61,000 per year.
Some alderpeople say, understandably, that they're confused. Me, too. Some days, Davenport seems just a hazy state of mind.



Posted by jcb at June 23, 2005 02:24 PM

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Posted by: Anonymous at June 26, 2005 11:37 PM

Add to the mix the fact Jamie Howard's 24 year old son wants the same Parks job and you have an interesting political battle. Yeah she says that she's not involved -- well she is now since it's on the front page of the paper no matter what her intentions. Just him applying for the job involves his elected official mother in this issue. What did they expect?? IT either helps him or hurts him depending on the flavor of power in the halls of City government.

I don't know why Malin got in the middle of this issue with his written letter. Dumb move and not one you'd expect from someone making the money he does in the position he holds. Bet he regrets it greatly now.

He is supposed to be better than anyone at keeping the City away from any position that can turn into a potential lawsuit. Way to go Malin. YOu must be overpaid and/or stupid.

Posted by: maybesomeday at July 2, 2005 09:16 AM