The Daily Dish – Oct. 14, 2011

City manager recommends against sale of dog to fired police officer – Columbia Missourian

“Pointing out that Fano is an aggressive dog and capable of harming a person, City Manager Mike Matthes recommended in a memo to the Columbia City Council on Thursday that the city not sell the police dog to fired Columbia Police Department patrol officer Rob Sanders.  Sanders was fired from the Columbia Police Department on Sept. 21 for using excessive force against a prisoner in a holding cell. He was Fano’s handler for more than a year, and he and his wife, Amy Sanders, are seeking to buy the dog.”

Columbia City Council to cast final vote on ward reapportionment Monday – Columbia Missourian

“City Council members remain in suspense about the outcome of their own vote scheduled for Monday. That’s when Columbia’s months-long discussion of ward reapportionment is scheduled to come to a close with a final vote.  The impact of that vote, however, will resonate long after next week. The new ward maps chosen Monday will determine the city’s voting districts for roughly 10 years. The city has redrawn its maps about every decade since 1973 to keep ward representation numerically equal according to the latest census numbers.”

City fires Airport Manager Andrew Schneider  – Columbia Tribune

“After less than a year on the job, Columbia Regional Airport Manager Andrew Schneider has been fired, and airport Superintendent Don Elliot will temporarily step up to replace him.  Schneider took over as airport manager Nov. 8 after competing with 72 other candidates for the job. His salary was $62,000 a year.  During his tenure, the airport saw increased enplanements, and it is on pace this year to have more enplanements than in any year in more than a decade.  When asked why Schneider was fired, city Human Resources Director Margrace Buckler and Jill Stedem, a spokeswoman for the Columbia Public Works Department, said they would not comment on a personnel matter.”

AFSCME Missouri-Kansas Council Endorses Jason Kander for Secretary of State – KOMU

“The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 72 today announced its endorsement of State Representative Jason Kander for Secretary of State. As a member of the legislature, Rep. Kander has been a fierce advocate for the hard-working citizens of Missouri and has voted to protect high-quality, vital services for taxpayers.”


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