I have been privileged to get to know most of the Denton City Council, and that is a good group of people. Unfortunately, it appears to me that their attempts at good governance are being completely frustrated by a Manager’s office that is out of control. Paying severances to at-will employees terminated for cause is an awful and possibly corrupt employment practice. Mayor Watts’ statement about not interfering in personnel matters is inapposite. This is an ethics problem. Of course, Denton has neither an ethics ordinance nor an internal auditor.
Denton is a fantastic town, not least because of the positive influence of UNT. But it’s no longer a small town. It’s time for its governance to grow up.