CITY COUNCIL MEMBER CENSURED FOR USING SOCIAL MEDIA IN MACEDONIA.
Some pretty crazy City Council actions going on in Macedonia. City Councils conduct business under general laws of the State of Ohio as well as the US Constitution. They, like other legislative bodies, control the conduct of their members through the option of removal, or in less extreme cases, censure. Censure is the public reprimanding of a public official for inappropriate conduct or voting behavior.
Macedonia City Council voted 3-1 on Feb. 26 to censure one of their own members, Sylvia Hanneken. While there were numerous charges listed the one most troubling for al of us using socila media is this one:
“Conducting unbecoming a Council Member: Various dates in 2014, 2015, & 2016 – Through her Facebook site Macedonia Civics, Ms. Hanneken has continually employed a strategy of undermining the administration and her fellow members of Council through her postings attacking the opinions of her colleagues. Although open discussions and opinions are welcomed and encourage through dialog at all Council meetings, Ms. Hanneken’s postings, prior to any dialog, only leads to public misconceptions. This calls into question Ms. Hanneken’s ethics, and her lack of respect of Council, especially when the majority of Council disagrees with Ms. Hanneken’s position. As an elected official, Ms. Hanneken’s opinions should be heard, but the platform that they should be levied at is during Council meetings, and not through social media.”
That any responsible elected official or administrator, let alone a majority of an elected body, would include an elected officials use of social media to express their opinion as a “charge” of misconduct is in itself misconduct.