Mayor should retire now

To the editor:

I call on Mayor Jack Pahlmann to retire immediately. He has served West Plains citizens effectively for many years, but it is dishonorable of him to disenfranchise the voters of West Plains on his way out the door.

If Mayor Pahlmann continues with his current retirement plans, West Plains voters will be mere observers in the choosing of their new representative on the council. Instead of a citywide vote for the new council member, only four individuals (the promoted mayor pro tem and the three remaining council members) will handpick a replacement.

Pahlmann should retire now, in time for multiple candidates to make the Jan. 19 filing deadline for the April election. Please do the right thing, Mr. Mayor.


Victoria Howerton

West Plains

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