"The expectation you should have of your council is that we are civil and that we will work together. The expectation you should have of your mayor is that you want somebody who is honest, has integrity, is respectful, is responsible and cares for you."
These were the closing words of Mayor Hiremath at the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum.
This is the same Mayor who has now pounced on Council Member Burns. Hiremath has called for a ruling on whether Burns should be removed from office on the basis that Burns is not living in Oro Valley. This on the basis of a law that went into effect on July 24 that requires elected officials to live in their district. Burns is estranged from his wife. He moved out of their house. He is negotiating an Oro Valley residence as we write.
Hiremath failed in his attempt to remove Council Member Zinkin from office. Now he has turned his attention to removing Burns from council. He could not prevent Burns' election in 2012. Now he wants to remove him from council to rob you of your representative. Mayor Hiremath's behavior hardly is honest. It is patently obviously "political".
Civil? Honest? Integrity? Respectful? Mayor Hiremath is anything but that.
Burns has responded saying the Mayor is most certainly not a gentleman.
Mayor Hiremath believes that he is Oro Valley's "Chief Of Decency"
Thus, operating on this philosophy he claims that he decided to work to recall Council Member Zinkin because of very serous infractions that came to his attention. Had he really does his homework, as we did, he would have found that the alleged infractions were neither serious nor persistent.
So, one better hold to Hiremaths' "morals and values" or they are liable to be "pounced upon" by him.
This is not Mayor Hiremath's first foray into going after Council Member Burns. He's been pouncing on Burns for a while. Last March, Mayor Hiremath allegedly may have violated the open meeting law by conducting a meeting of council members to discuss Council Member Burns without Burns' knowledge and without his participation.
Does Oro Valley need a "Chief of Decency?" Is this what you want the Mayor to do? Or, do you wants someone you can actually trust.
People In Glass Houses
Its funny how Mayor Hiremath holds himself as the standard of "morals and values" when he, himself does not hold to that standard. We have always told you that we would never discuss a council member's personal life. So, we have never revealed what we have learned regarding his relationships. We will not sink to the gutter to disclose such, even now.
Knowing what we have learned, he is most certainly not "a model of morals and ethics".
A Mayor needs to bring 3 characteristics. They must be able an ability to unite, to lead and to represent.
The Mayor's postion in Oro Valley is what is called a "Weak Mayor" position. That is, the Mayor does not have any daily responsibilities for running the town. The Mayor is a part-time position. The Mayor is not the Chairman of the Board nor is he Chief Executive Officer. Nor is he the "Chief of Decency," as Mayor Hiremath believes he should be.
What the Mayor must be is a leader of all the people. He must be an individual who can listen to all view points. He must be someone who is thoughtful, not boastful. He must be an individual who does not take up arms against another elected official, dividing the community.
He must be someone who knows that the ""Civility, Integrity and Teamwork" are more than mere emotional words, as Mayor Hiremath asserted at the SunCity Candidate Forum. They are words that describe values and ascribe behavior.
He must unite us. Not divide us.
He must also be someone whose judgment you trust.