At the December 4th, Gillette City Council Meeting the council had consideration of an agreement with former mayor Tom Murphy for consultation services through the end of 2014. The council voted 6-0 against the agreement which would have paid Murphy $18,000. After the meeting, ward 2 councilman Forrest Rothleutner, said he believed the council's main reason for deciding to vote down the agreement came after hearing from their constituents. Rothleutner said a reoccuring theme from the public was displeasure with the abruptness of Murphy’s resignation November 22nd, with only minutes notice.
“That was the primary focus, most people that I talked to didn't feel that somebody who left in a hurry deserved to have compensation. The general consensus that I heard was that in any other job that would not happen, and it should not happen I the city council either.”---Rothleutner
Rothleutner also took questions on the search for an additional councilman for the City of Gillette's Ward 2 http://www.basinsradio.com/index.php/news/local/1380-city-is-accepting-applications-for-open-ward-2-seat-until-december-20th , and how that appointent could effect the solidarity of the council or budgeting for future projects; such as those for the controversial field of dreams project, since Murphy had often cast the tie breaking vote relating to contentious issues.
Rothleutner said serving the community in ward 2 has been a great opportunity for him and he hopes there are people out there who want to help give back to their community by serving.
As far as the potential for the council allowing the appointment of a new council member to effect their stability, Rothleutner who often voted opposite of Murphy in votes relating to the field of dreams, said he believes lobbying for the tie breaking vote; will not be an issue.
“I would say that the council right now is less concerned about playing politics with the particular projects we are looking at, and more concerned about showing the community that we are stable as a governing body. And I think that's probably more the focus rather than the individual issues that we divide ourselves on.”---Rothleutner