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Letter to Editor: Professional Procedures Lacking


February 22, 2013 by wcobserver

Dear Editor of the Observer,

I have thought long and hard about writing this letter, but I think I have something to say to other West Fork citizens, out there, who just might listen.

I moved to West Fork about four years ago, but I have deep ties here through family members who have lived in this area for a very long time. In those four years, especially in the last five months, I have learned things about our city government that concern me.

One of these concerns is the lack of professional procedures inside the workings of City Hall, in particular, the policy or the lack of a policy of having an elected official sign checks leaving our City Hall. Working for other public entities, I thought this was a standard operating procedure. Not in West Fork. Two City Hall employees sign every one of our checks, and neither one is an elected official who is accountable to the citizens of West Fork.

Granted, West Fork is a small town, and most people think things are done differently in small towns. On the contrary, I called four of our closest, neighboring small towns and all require, at least, one elected city official’s signature on every check.

Greenland and Winslow have two co-signers on every check, both elected officials. Elkins and Farmington are a little different. Both of these towns require only one elected official to sign their checks, alongside the signature of one city employee.

Three of these cities, Greenland, Winslow, and Elkins have been doing it this way for a very long time. Two of these towns, Greenland and Elkins, even told me that they changed to this type of policy at the request of the auditor.

Now, I am not suggesting or implying any shady business is going on down at City Hall, nor do I have any vendetta against any of our city employees who have always been friendly and helpful to me. But standard operating procedures are important to me, and obviously to the other small towns around us, at least, important enough to adopt this policy many years ago and to have their auditors suggest it.

In a city that has been going through a lot of political strife lately and is suffering from a distinct lack of trust and faith in its city government by its citizens, wouldn’t this be a good first step in restoring confidence? In my opinion it is, and I hope you feel the same way.

Thank you for listening,

Leslie Scates

West Fork



  1. Moe says:

    I use to attend the city council meetings regular. However, I do not attend anymore because they are the most unprofessional people that I have ever been in the same room with. They do as they damn please and should all be re-called!
    Lord knows I’m not perfect, but at least I try…

  2. Robert says:

    Back to the old ways again in WEST FORK about 70% of the people voted to do away with the water and sewer commission on the 6 Nov 2012 and did not happen, the City council had a meeting on it in Feb 2013 which could have close the books on it and up held the peoples vote but voted 7-1 and said no, one person had the guts to say yes and had listen to the people here in West Fork who said no more of what has being going on HOWS THE CHANGE NOW WEST FORK>>>???

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