Contentiousness continues in Caspian
CASPIAN—The contentiousness dividing significant portions of the city of Caspian electorate shows no signs of easing.
At the regular monthly meeting of the Caspian City Commission on July 8, the polarized sides of the divide were in full throat. Both Mayor Mike Varney’s supporters and his detractors dug in deep, often screaming at each other during the 69-minute meeting that ended with little concession from either side.
The points of contention this month centered on two of Varney’s five changes and modifications to the agenda established prior to the meeting. The first was Varney’s proposal to reduce the millage in Caspian from 19.5 mills to 14. The second was his proposal to hire an outside agency or person to complete an investigation of Caspian-Gaastra Police Chief Terry Post.
The millage reduction was tabled after heated argument between audience members on both sides and the commissioners themselves. The council did vote 3-1 in favor of opening an investigation of the police chief. Mayor Varney, Commissioner Joe Varney and Commissioner Jody Menghini voted for the motion, while Commissioner Anthony Dallavalle voted no. Commissioner Mark Stauber was not in attendance.
Mayor Varney offered the proposal, which quickly added to the meeting’s acrimony that had already been established by then.
“I would like to hire an outside agency or person to complete a thorough investigation into Terry Post’s conduct, professionalism and behavior, including use of the law enforcement information system, due to numerous complaints by the taxpayers,” Varney said.
Varney mentioned a recent incident when the department’s K-9, of which Post is the handler, bit a student during the Stambaugh Elementary School Rainbow Run, which ended within Caspian city limits.
In a police report filed by the Iron County Sheriff’s Department, which handled the investigation, the victim was identified as a 6-year-old boy, who was treated at Northstar Health System and released the same day.
After Varney’s statement, the boy’s grandfather stood up.
“I want to know what (Post’s) qualifications are for