Tyson: Firing Allowed Dignity
I'm glad to read Tyson's brief account of the firing differs from the widely distributed version posted elsewhere- that version suggesting Tyson gave Nielsen five minutes to hand in his equipment and leave the office. According to Tyson, it was Nielsen's idea to turn in his equipment and he was given plenty of time to gather up his things. I'll take his word for it, unless someone can come up with compelling evidence to the contrary.
I still feel Tyson could have just told Nielsen he had until Monday to clear out his stuff, absent serious reasons that would suggest he need be shown the door immediately.
The feeling I've had from the start was that the firing was simply the result of some serious bad blood between Tyson and Nielsen. I still tend to feel that way. However, I find it hard to believe that four out of five council folks would support that firing if that's all it amounted to.
This puts the majority of the council in an unfortunate position: They can't discuss specific reasons for the firing because of the privacy involved with personnel matters. If you disagree with that, consider how you might feel if you were fired and your employer went public with the reasons for it.
As a result, they end up looking like the bad guys, especially to the Nielsen supporters, many of whom weren't happy with those council folks to begin with. They can't win in this situation.
But I have to wonder about Linda Atkins? Why would she be the sole vote in dissent? Might she think the specific reasons for the firing aren't valid? Or might she be simply voting against the rest as she feels that's her proper role in this ongoing us vs. them/ Left vs. Right situation?
Hard to say since she can't comment on the specifics of a personnel matter, either. But it wouldn't surprise me, given what seems to be her self- appointed role as council contrarian, that she might vote against the council simply because she feels she's supposed to be on the opposite side and that she's supporting the wishes of "her" constituency.