To the Editor:
A letter published by The Wilson Post Friday and written by Dona Dickson suggested that the City of Lebanon could cut expenses in its budget by doing away with the “office of Police Commissioner (Commissioner of Safety).” Mrs. Dickson noted in her letter that other cities larger than Lebanon don’t have a Commissioner of Safety position and that there is not an apparent need for such a post in Lebanon. She said removing the office would save the City a salary of $109,622.
Mrs. Dickson’s letter was addressed to city councilman William Farmer. In her closing comments in the letter she said “Why don’t you ask the Commissioner to retire and do away with that position? Mayor you don’t do this because of political pay back for the Police Department supporting you in your race for Mayor! Are you really wanting to save the City of Lebanon money or is it politics as normal!”
Mrs. Dickson says her reference to “Mayor” in the closing paragraph was to be a satirical reference to Mr. Farmer who ran for mayor but was defeated by Mayor Philip Craighead. Mrs. Dickson said she referred to Farmer as mayor because “he thinks he’s the mayor.”
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