To My friends and community,
I am deeply saddened that certain council members have chosen to misrepresent the facts from our city staff, and even more have chosen to accuse members of the council and staff of disrespect, slandering individuals and city council and city staff as a whole.
The facts are that the council members and staff have endured complete disrespect from the accusers, with no basis for their accusations, but rather presenting their inaccurate facts insinuating a lack of transparency by the City. Nothing could be further from the truth. The City of Sugar Land staff and council have shown complete respect throughout many years … not always agreeing, but always respecting the opinions of others. Thus, the calling for an independent audit despite the inaccuracies and untruths presented by the accusers, as well as the inexperience and lack of knowledge in municipal finance by these same accusers. These inaccuracies have further incited an emotional reaction from our newest citizens who will soon be joining the City of Sugar Land … demonstrating not only a lack of leadership, but also questioning their motives.
It is clear that in today’s political climate, people can “put out as truth” anything they choose … as is evident from some of the accusations made by the accusers.
Let me be clear … I love our city … it is unique among any other city of our size in that the management over many, many years is without reproach. They’re not perfect, as no one is … but they are quick to take any questions and are transparent to every citizen in our City.
My husband, as well as several other council members, has shared his personal cell number on his City cards and from the beginning of his terms of service, has welcomed calls around the clock. He is quick to meet with any citizen to address their needs, concerns, and questions … I have been there overhearing his conversations, whether at home, at dinners, on holiday trips, or anywhere else. He has committed to our citizens his complete transparency and respect. So the accusation of disrespect, as his wife, is especially disturbing to me. I know that all who know Joe, will find these accusations disturbing as well.
The purpose of my letter is simply to say to each citizen of Sugar Land … please get involved … please investigate your elected officials … please question motives and slanderous talk. Without exception, every time someone has come to Joe or other councilmen or staff with something one of the accusers has spread, the reaction is 100 percent, “we knew what they said couldn’t be right!”
The progress and image of the City of Sugar Land over the years has grown to a most impressive example of how city government and council leadership grow and prosper a city. We have received too many awards to count and too many accolades to deny the impeccable leadership from our city staff.
The mayor and city council are only elected officials … but our staff has committed their lives to our city … building careers and lives, working way over 40 hours a week with dedication and transparency. It breaks my heart seeing their dedication slandered. They have accepted this recent criticism and slanderous accusations with professionalism instead of emotion … great leadership and example.
All my best,
Wife, mother, and proud Sugar Land resident