14 Former Council Members (including 4 former Mayors) Endorse Recall

Below is a list of 14 former Englewood Council Members including four former Mayors who support and endorse a YES VOTE FOR THE RECALL of current District 3 Council Member, Laurett Barrentine. These former elected officials represent decades of dedicated and committed public service to our city – many are your neighbors. They all served on City Council with the best interests of our community foremost in their minds. Council policies, procedures and decorum were followed. Although there was disagreement between these council members during their respective terms in office, compromise, respect and civility towards one another, City staff and citizens was practiced and maintained.

The following ENDORSE a YES VOTE on the RECALL OF DISTRICT 3 COUNCIL MEMBER LAURETT BARRENTINE:

*Beverly Bradshaw
Rick Gillit
Alex Habenicht
Jim Higday
Gary Kozacek
Bob McCaslin
Wayne Oakley
*Randy Penn
Ray Tomasso
Kells Waggoner
*Clyde Wiggins
Jill Wilson
*Jim Woodward
Steve Yates

*Former Mayors

From a Concerned Citizen

A note from a concerned citizen:

If you watch just the last 30 minutes of the 8/13 city council meeting, you will see District 3 councilwoman Laurett Barrentine say on two separate occasions that she’s asked more than once for information or for a meeting topic to be added to the Council agenda.

Ladies and gentlemen, Barrentine is the proverbial middle child of the Englewood City Council. Sure, her agenda is often disregarded. Sure, she seldom gets the attention she wants from her peers or from staff. But damn, she’s annoying. She clearly has a chip on her shoulder, and no one wants to work with someone who behaves like she does.

Frequent filibustering. Breathy declarations that her requests are going unanswered. Long explanations on how discussions should take place in public when public discussions have already taken place and the information is documented in the public record. Let’s revisit that issue because I’ve got “some constituents” asking about it, she says.

Barrentine’s influence in Englewood is destructive. She appeals to a crowd of folks who wear their suspicion of and disdain for municipal government on their collective sleeves. It’s OK to be suspicious. It’s not OK to defend your suspicions in the face of facts that disprove those suspicions.

The job of Council is not to micromanage the city. Council pays a city manager to manage the city. Council hires and fires the city manager and city attorney. Council approves large contracts (referred from staff) and sets policy. Council approves the budget and passes ordinances into the municipal code. Council DOES NOT manage city staff (except their Manager and Attorney).

I’m all for a prepared Council. I’m all for elected officials who understand what’s happening in the city. But I stand against elected officials who use the consent process to grandstand and draw attention to themselves. I take a firm stand against the philosophy that leads someone to look under every rock for a conspiracy while her peers wait longer and longer to get the People’s business done. Serving on city council is an opportunity to amplify your voice in your community. Use it to serve the community, not just yourself. Use it to prevent the mistakes of the past from repeating, not to avenge them.

One final note: practice what you preach. When communicating with constituents or city officials, use your official city email, not a personal email account. Honor the spirit and the letter of the Colorado Open Records Act or admit that when it comes to the subject of government transparency, you are a hypocrite.

A Letter From Randy Penn

Let’s Make One Thing Clear.

This recall is about only one person—Council Member Laurett Barrentine. Her behavior has been, and is still, unacceptable.

She claims to be the guardian of the City’s money. In fact, Englewood’s Charter and State Statute require that the budget must balance each and every year. If Ms. Barrentine’s votes against the balanced budgets were to prevail our City and its services would come to a standstill.

She claims the recall is costing the citizens money. While this is true, I believe that the cost outweighs the expense her behavior has on City progress. For example, Ms. Barrentine’s concern for the cost of special elections evaporated earlier this year when instead of reaching consensus to appoint District 1’s council replacement for Joe Jefferson (as the charter requires), a special election was forced. Polarization on the important issues facing Englewood costs money and is working against Englewood’s bright future.

Ms. Barrentine adds to expenses through ongoing interruptions when she blocks or delays council votes. By requesting more (and more again) information, additional staff time is required and sometimes overtime pay. The result is delay, dysfunction, inaction and added cost. This district needs a council member who studies the issues, comes to the table ready to discuss, will compromise to reach consensus and votes. Englewood’s future depends on a city council that solves real issues without unjustifiable delays.

Ms. Barrentine claims to be a friend of the businesses in Englewood but constantly works to nullify new resident building and interferes with businesses that she dislikes. She shows no interest in developing a sensible growth plan for Englewood’s future. New residents create new money for our businesses, old and new—and necessary City resources. Our future depends on a functional City at all levels starting with city council.

Ms. Barrentine fails to use the procedural chain of command. In bypassing the city manager, it causes problems for everyone. Going around the city manager to the department directors or employees is not acceptable behavior.

Please don’t take my word for this. Go to englewoodrecall.com, or watch nearly any city council meeting or study session, to see for yourself. Many demonstrate the unprofessional lack of decorum I feel is so damaging to Englewood’s reputation and future.

Our district deserves a council member that delves into each issue, follows the Charter, acts in good faith for the best interests of Englewood, and is always transparent to everyone at all times, not just when convenient. That person should work to better the City and be a positive representative to all employees, citizens, and those visiting the City of Englewood. Englewood’s future depends on it!

It is time to RECALL BARRENTINE!

Randy Penn