Mayor responds to recent letter
This letter is in response to a letter written to the editor July 24, 2013 (printed July 30, 2013) by Amanda Phillips. When replying to letters written to the newspaper with complaints about our city department, it is important for me to sort through emotions, insults and catchphrases in order to determine what action(s), if any, are needed to improve our processes.
Since my time in office, I have made training and continuing education mandatory within our departments and have communicated my desire to change our perceptions and become more approachable and friendlier. Imagine my disappointment when I was sent an email communication regarding a traffic stop involving 25-year-old Miranda Dickinson. On July 24, 2013, my office received an email from Amanda Phillips (Ms. Dickinson’s mother) and another email on July 25, 2013 from Glenn Shaner (Ms. Dickinson’s uncle). Both emails claimed that our police department personnel “abandoned” a 25-year-old mother and her 5-year-old son and 2-month-old daughter by the side of the road following a traffic stop. Both emails inferred that the Rushville Police Department was uncaring and unsympathetic in the way that they had handled the situation.
I notified both relatives of Ms. Dickinson via email that I had reviewed their emails and would set up appointments with Chief Tucker and all involved to gather information regarding the details of the traffic stop in an effort to come up with a more formal response. They were informed that the earliest response would be by Aug. 5, 2013. They were assured that these allegations were being taken seriously.
It was disappointing to see that a letter was printed in our local paper before any of the details pertinent to the case could be gathered. After reviewing the Police Department’s report, Mr. Shaner’s Facebook posts, and listening to the phone conversation between Ms. Dickinson’s boyfriend (Jeremy) and Sgt. Wessel, there are a preponderance of misrepresentations when portraying the Rushville Police Department and their actions on the night in question.