City Councilman Bob Johnson went into Wednesday’s City Council meeting with the intent of booting Recreation Commissioner Baubie Wardrobe-Fox off of the panel he twice appointed her to.
Johnson cited statistics that Wardrobe-Fox has missed more than 50 percent of commission meetings and failed to complete ethics training that is required of all board members in Lodi to complete every two years.
In 2010, Wardrobe-Fox was also fined by the Fair Political Practices Commission for late political filings. Apparently her fine has never been paid.
Wardrobe-Fox said Johnson’s numbers were wrong, and City Clerk Randi Johl confirmed the recreation commissioner has recently finished the ethics training – albeit long past the Dec. 31 deadline to have finished.
It was a bizarre scene. Johnson said he can’t recall the last time a commissioner or city volunteer has been kicked out of their position at an open council meeting. City Council member JoAnne Mounce questioned the tactic, calling it a “demeaning display of public humiliation of a city volunteer.”
Mayor Alan Nakanishi pounded his point that all commissioners are appointed and the council has a right and the power to remove them for no reason at all. He supported Johnson 100 percent .
In the end, Johnson rescinded his motion to remove Wardrobe-Fox from the commission because there was a discrepancy in the information he received leading up to Wednesday’s meeting and what Wardrobe-Fox presented – and was backed up by records that Johl was able to dig up.
It appears Wardrobe-Fox has had just as good if not better attendance than her fellow commissioners (they are only required to attend 50 percent of meetings).
So, what some felt was going to be an embarrassing night for Wardrobe-Fox turned out to be perhaps a little embarrassing for Johnson.