Although Lincoln City City Councilor Chester Noreikis last week tried to get a city council vote to release the “Poppe Report,” Mayor Don Williams, who was the object of that report, gavelled Councilor Noreikis silent. It stopped Noreikis’ request dead in its tracks.
Noreikis had requested that the report be made public because, he alleged, that Mayor Williams broke his word that he would not speak about the content of the report and that no one else would speak about it either, especially moving forward with it, IF Mayor Williams simply apologized in public for unnamed behaviors that motivated the council to launch the investigation. Noreikis said the allegations dealt with council rules. Mayor Williams made his apology several weeks ago to the council and to the public but emphasized that he only “may” have broken council rules.
Councilor Noreikis announced to the council and to the public that after Mayor Williams made his apology, he then spoke with a newspaper reporter and characterized the Poppe Report as having “nothing in there.” Noreikis claimed that the mayor’s statement would lead any reader to assume that the Poppe Report found nothing to support allegations that Mayor Williams had engaged in any inappropriate behavior dealing with council rules.
Claiming that the agreement between the council and Mayor Williams had been broken by Mayor Williams’ “misleading statement to the press,” Noreikis made a motion to have the council order the Poppe Report be made public. Down came Mayor Williams’ gavel, interrupting Noreikis’ motion waiting for a second from another councilor thereby preventing the council to proceed to a vote.
Mayor Williams said that he stopped the vote because to allow it to proceed would violate his rights and that his attorneys will have a lot more to say about it. Mayor Williams said his comments to the newspaper reporter “may not have been made in the context it should have been.” He reiterated that the Poppe Report will not be released.
Having reviewed the video tape of the confrontation with the mayor, some citizens of the town have launched a petition drive to present to the council stating they want the Poppe Report to be made public. Those who would like to review the petition contents and consider their validity, and possibly signing the petition, can do so by clicking here.