Mickey Webb Unreal
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Paper

Wichita, KS

#1 Apr 27, 2012
In the Reporter tonight, Bill Fitzpatrick said Ned received a memo that he is to only work 8 hrs a day, five days a week doing what Barbie doll tells him to do. He has given his whole life to the citizens of Independence to make that park into what it is today. Do you suppose that she feels like she is doing Mickey's dirty work? This man is a STRANGER to this city and you know what they say about strangers. She should be ashamed that she is letting herself be used like that. How long has she been our neighbor and lived here? There is more to why he left Bixby than not getting rid of employees. Look what he is doing up here. There needs to be a recall of this commission for how they are letting this town be destroyed. But they are making money off real estate at our expense. The employees of the city need jobs and are in a bad situation, but do you agree with this mad man?
City Resident

Chanute, KS

#2 Apr 27, 2012
Mr. Webb, give us your resignation letter now. City commissioners, how about serving the city's interests rather than your own????
Ethel

Ingleside, TX

#3 Apr 27, 2012
Paper wrote:
In the Reporter tonight, Bill Fitzpatrick said Ned received a memo that he is to only work 8 hrs a day, five days a week doing what Barbie doll tells him to do. He has given his whole life to the citizens of Independence to make that park into what it is today. Do you suppose that she feels like she is doing Mickey's dirty work? This man is a STRANGER to this city and you know what they say about strangers. She should be ashamed that she is letting herself be used like that. How long has she been our neighbor and lived here? There is more to why he left Bixby than not getting rid of employees. Look what he is doing up here. There needs to be a recall of this commission for how they are letting this town be destroyed. But they are making money off real estate at our expense. The employees of the city need jobs and are in a bad situation, but do you agree with this mad man?
Does anyone know whom, other than Mr. Stichman, is qualified to take care of some of the exotic animals at the zoo? If he can only work 8 hours a day, who will take care of animals should they become ill outside those 8 hours? If Mr. Webb says it is acceptable for him to take care of sick animals when he is not "on the clock," it would seem as if Mr. Webb is using Mr. Stichman when he needs to, but being disrespectful to him when he does not need him. This does not sound like a well-thought out plan. I think perhaps we need to ask them about all of this. Mr. Stichman deserves some respect for his service, knowledge,and experience, and the little animals at the zoo deserve the best care we have to offer.
Ashamed

Wichita, KS

#4 Apr 27, 2012
I am ashamed that all the long time residents are letting this happen to our city. This needs to stop. Mr. Unruh, I am ashamed that I thought you had the best interests of our town at heart. Your parents would not be proud of what you are doing. Tim White, this town has done so much for your family and this is how you pay back. Rick Mott, your kids and wife have grown up in this town. All of you need to step back and look at the whole picture. You are letting this man control you like puppets. All of us are wanting to move to get away from this. Do you think all the people in this town are wrong and Mickey is right? Everywhere you go, people are talking about how you have failed us. Wake up.
Dandelion

Wichita, KS

#5 Apr 27, 2012
Flower girls can give shots.
Linda

Coffeyville, KS

#6 Apr 27, 2012
Ashamed wrote:
I am ashamed that all the long time residents are letting this happen to our city. This needs to stop. Mr. Unruh, I am ashamed that I thought you had the best interests of our town at heart. Your parents would not be proud of what you are doing. Tim White, this town has done so much for your family and this is how you pay back. Rick Mott, your kids and wife have grown up in this town. All of you need to step back and look at the whole picture. You are letting this man control you like puppets. All of us are wanting to move to get away from this. Do you think all the people in this town are wrong and Mickey is right? Everywhere you go, people are talking about how you have failed us. Wake up.
Maybe Micky has dirty pictures of each of the three commissioners and is now blackmailing them into carrying out his evil wishes.
please please

Coffeyville, KS

#7 Apr 27, 2012
Linda wrote:
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Maybe Micky has dirty pictures of each of the three commissioners and is now blackmailing them into carrying out his evil wishes.
Post the photos on the Internet!
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Wichita, KS

#8 Apr 27, 2012
More like they are more interested in their lives than the office they were voted into. Unruh has leg trouble, Mott has cancer and white is all about what he can get out of it. Mickey is a con and if you have idiots who aren't taking care of business, we all get taken.
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Wichita, KS

#9 Apr 27, 2012
Bixby council suspends city manager

Bixby City Manager Micky Webb

By TIM STANLEY World Staff Writer
Published: 5/6/2009 12:18 PM
Last Modified: 5/6/2009 6:57 PM

BIXBY — City Manager Micky Webb was suspended with pay Wednesday by the Bixby City Council, following accusations he made last week that the council had violated the city charter and the state’s open meeting law.

The City Council made the move during a special meeting Wednesday morning, voting 5-0 to suspend Webb with pay pending further action, but declining to give any reason.

Webb’s attorney Christopher Camp provided a letter to the Tulsa World that Camp said may have precipitated the decision. In the letter, sent April 30 to Bixby councilors and Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris, Webb accused the council of ordering him during an April 27 executive session to fire several employees, which he said violates the city charter.

Webb also believes the council violated the state’s Open Meeting Act because none of the alleged requests were listed on the meeting notice or agenda.

“It was improper for them to ask him to do that and then the way it was carried out violated the act,” Camp said.“The timing of the suspension is suspect coming just days after the letter.”

Employees whom Webb alleges he was directed to terminate include City Clerk Cheryl Sasser, Assistant City Manager Mike Webster and others.

Sasser was scheduled for a pre-disciplinary hearing April 30, Webb’s letter notes.

Webb wrote that he was not considering Sasser for termination because “any alleged misconduct ... does not rise to an offense warranting immediate termination” and because of her exemplary service record.

City Attorney Phil Frazier would not comment on the reason for Webb’s suspension, calling it a personnel matter.

He said he did not know when further action would be taken.

“I’m sure there are other matters to look at before moving ahead with the process,” Frazier said.

Mayor Ray Bowen, along with Councilors Steve Sutton and Steve Todoroff, declined to comment on the suspension or the accusations, referring all inquiries to Frazier.

“The city attorney needs to handle any questions related to legal issues for the city,” Sutton said.

Harris said the District Attorney’s Office plans no investigation at this point but that it would be sending a letter to the city council calling their attention to the allegations and the pertinent laws.

In a letter following the April 27 executive session, Frazier warned the council about executive session protocol and attached a copy of the state’s open meeting act.

Frazier wrote that he had been “somewhat lax in letting the conversation in executive session go beyond the (designated) subject matter ... I ask your understanding and patience as I become more concerned about wandering from the agenda items.”

Frazier said Wednesday, however, that it his policy to send the council advisory letters about the rules every time new councilors come on board.

Sutton and Councilor John Easton were elected in April, with April 27 marking their first meeting.

Bixby’s city charter states that “Neither the council, the mayor, nor any of its other members may direct or request the appointment of any person to, or his removal from, office or employment by the city manager.”

The council discussed the suspension in executive session before returning to regular session to vote. City Treasurer Becky Byers was appointed acting city manager.

Webb, who did not return calls Wednesday, has served as city manager for 16 years. Camp said Webb’s contract with the city was renewed in March and is effective through June 30, 2010.

Under the agreement, the city may only terminate Webb “for good cause shown,” Camp said.
sad but true

Coffeyville, KS

#10 Apr 27, 2012
Like wrote:
More like they are more interested in their lives than the office they were voted into. Unruh has leg trouble, Mott has cancer and white is all about what he can get out of it. Mickey is a con and if you have idiots who aren't taking care of business, we all get taken.
Apparently most of the people in Independence are either too dumb or too lazy to vote to protect their own interests. The way the last sales tax passed is evidence of that. And if most Independence people did bother to vote, at least two of the clowns on the city commission would be long gone.
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Wichita, KS

#11 Apr 27, 2012
OWASSO, OK – Cities in Kansas, Texas and North Dakota have all signed contracts recently with Tulsa-area economic development consultants Retail Attractions, LLC. With existing contracts in place in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, Retail Attractions is now serving 26 cities across five states. "When we speak with retailers about a certain market they often ask us what other cities we're in, because they know if we're working with a community, we can help them find the right site, smooth the development process and provide them with accurate information," said Rickey Hayes, founder of Retail Attractions.“In very real terms it helps our client cities when we work in multiple markets, because the more markets we are in the more access we have to our retail and restaurant reps.”
Hayes was formerly the economic development director for Owasso, OK, where he implemented a marketing plan, developed data and relationships and ultimately oversaw the launch of more than four million square feet of retail and restaurant development in a town of less than 30,000 people. Since founding Retail Attractions three years ago, Hayes says the company has been involved in more than three million additional square feet of development in client cities. "We work hard for our cities... and we know what works to get the attention of the site selectors, developers and retail brokers. It's been tough to be successful in the retail environment of the past few years, but we've brought new businesses to towns of all sizes and we're excited to expand into new areas this year," he said.
Hayes and his team provide demographics, market packages, retail recruitment, incentives and development process analysis, traffic counts and grant research and writing plus consultation and economic development services to clients from their Owasso office, though Hayes spends several days on the road each month visiting cities and meeting with retailers.
Hayes spoke last month at the 2011 City and County Performance Summit in Las Vegas. A Performance Institute event, Hayes’ topic,“How to Attract Businesses and Residents to Your Neighborhood” drew an interested and diverse crowd and the event's education director said the session drew the most positive feedback of the lineup. "The crowd was great... they were interested, engaged and asked in-depth questions. I think the information struck a nerve because so many cities are realizing they are in competition for their very lives," stated Hayes. Micky Webb, City Manager of Independence, Kansas and new client of Retail Attractions, said,“It is competitive and I think that communities are better off hiring consultants like Retail Attractions because independent, third party specialists can market a city and get inside the retail radar better than cities and local economic development organizations and chambers of commerce can.” Webb first saw the fruits of Hayes’s work when he served as city manager of Bixby, Oklahoma, another suburb of Tulsa.?

New Retail Attractions cities include Coffeyville, Caney, Independence and Cherryvale, KS; Heath, TX and Mandan, ND. A full list of communities contracted with Retail Attractions for economic development services is included on the company website.
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Wichita, KS

#12 Apr 27, 2012
October 13, 2011
JAMES MICHAEL WEBSTER, PLAINTIFF,
v.
CITY OF BIXBY, A MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, DEFENDANT.
OPINION AND ORDER
Before the court are the Motion for Summary Judgment of defendant City of Bixby [Dkt.#32] and the Motion for Partial Summary Judgment of plaintiff James Michael Webster [Dkt.#33].
Plaintiff, a former employee of the City of Bixby, has sued the Cityfor (1) deprivation of property interest in violation of his Fourteenth Amendment right of due process; and (2) failure to pay accrued vacation and sick time in violation of the 40 O.S.§ 165.1 et seq. The City has filed a Motion for Summary Judgment on both claims [Dkt.#32]. Plaintiff has filed a cross Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on the due process claim only [Dkt.#33].
Plaintiff served as Assistant City Manager of Bixby from April of 2004 until July 14, 2009, when City Manager Blu Hulsey eliminated the position. The same day, Hulsey offered him a job as a Code Enforcement Officer. Plaintiff accepted the offer on July 15, 2009. On July 17, 2009, he rescinded his acceptance. Hulsey viewed this as a resignation, and severed plaintiff's employment. Plaintiff was paid accrued vacation and sick time based on his salary as a Code Enforcement Officer. Plaintiff filed a claim with the Oklahoma Department of Labor ("ODL"), asserting his vacation and sick pay should have been based on his salary as Assistant City Manager. The ODL dismissed the claim. He filed this lawsuit in Tulsa County District Court alleging a taking of his property interest in violation of his Fourteenth Amendment right of due process and appealing the ODL's dismissal of is wage claim. The case was removed to federal court based on federal question jurisdiction.
I. Material Facts
1. Plaintiff Mike Webster began his employment with the City of Bixby in 1978 as a member of the police department. In 1986, after working his way through the ranks of law enforcement, plaintiff was appointed Chief of the Bixby Police Department by Micky Webb, Bixby's City Manager at the time.[Dkt.#32, Defendant's Statement of Fact ¶1; Dkt.#39, Plaintiff's Response to Defendant's Statement of Fact ¶1].
2. Plaintiff retired from law enforcement in December of 2001, whereupon he immediately became employed in the City Manager's office as the Administrative Assistant to the City Manager. Since the time of plaintiff's promotion, no one has been hired to fill the vacant position of Administrative Assistant to the City Manager.[Dkt.#32, Defendant's Statement of Fact ¶2; Dkt.#39, Plaintiff's Response to Defendant's Statement of Fact ¶2].
3. Plaintiff was subsequently promoted to Assistant City Manager in April of 2004.[Dkt.#32, Defendant's Statement of Fact ¶3; Dkt.#39, Plaintiff's Response to Defendant's Statement of Fact ¶3].
Creation of Assistant City Manager Job/Appointment of Plaintiff to Job
4. The Minutes of a City Council Meeting on April 12, 2004, state, in pertinent part: Item #17 on the Regular Agenda is: Approve Appointment of Mike Webster as Assistant City Manager.
Micky Webb
Presented by Mayor Williams
Todoroff made motion to approve seconded by Ferree.
Carried 5-0..[Dkt.#32, Ex. O, p. 8]. Thus, it is undisputed that the City Council approved Webster's hiring as Assistant City Manager.
Ethel

Ingleside, TX

#13 Apr 27, 2012
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Bixby council suspends city manager
Bixby City Manager Micky Webb
By TIM STANLEY World Staff Writer
Published: 5/6/2009 12:18 PM
Last Modified: 5/6/2009 6:57 PM
BIXBY — City Manager Micky Webb was suspended with pay Wednesday by the Bixby City Council, following accusations he made last week that the council had violated the city charter and the state’s open meeting law.
The City Council made the move during a special meeting Wednesday morning, voting 5-0 to suspend Webb with pay pending further action, but declining to give any reason.
Webb’s attorney Christopher Camp provided a letter to the Tulsa World that Camp said may have precipitated the decision. In the letter, sent April 30 to Bixby councilors and Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris, Webb accused the council of ordering him during an April 27 executive session to fire several employees, which he said violates the city charter.
Webb also believes the council violated the state’s Open Meeting Act because none of the alleged requests were listed on the meeting notice or agenda.
“It was improper for them to ask him to do that and then the way it was carried out violated the act,” Camp said.“The timing of the suspension is suspect coming just days after the letter.”
Employees whom Webb alleges he was directed to terminate include City Clerk Cheryl Sasser, Assistant City Manager Mike Webster and others.
Sasser was scheduled for a pre-disciplinary hearing April 30, Webb’s letter notes.
Webb wrote that he was not considering Sasser for termination because “any alleged misconduct ... does not rise to an offense warranting immediate termination” and because of her exemplary service record.
City Attorney Phil Frazier would not comment on the reason for Webb’s suspension, calling it a personnel matter.
He said he did not know when further action would be taken.
“I’m sure there are other matters to look at before moving ahead with the process,” Frazier said.
Mayor Ray Bowen, along with Councilors Steve Sutton and Steve Todoroff, declined to comment on the suspension or the accusations, referring all inquiries to Frazier.
“The city attorney needs to handle any questions related to legal issues for the city,” Sutton said.
Harris said the District Attorney’s Office plans no investigation at this point but that it would be sending a letter to the city council calling their attention to the allegations and the pertinent laws.
In a letter following the April 27 executive session, Frazier warned the council about executive session protocol and attached a copy of the state’s open meeting act.
Frazier wrote that he had been “somewhat lax in letting the conversation in executive session go beyond the (designated) subject matter ... I ask your understanding and patience as I become more concerned about wandering from the agenda items.”
Frazier said Wednesday, however, that it his policy to send the council advisory letters about the rules every time new councilors come on board.
Sutton and Councilor John Easton were elected in April, with April 27 marking their first meeting.
Bixby’s city charter states that “Neither the council, the mayor, nor any of its other members may direct or request the appointment of any person to, or his removal from, office or employment by the city manager.”
The council discussed the suspension in executive session before returning to regular session to vote. City Treasurer Becky Byers was appointed acting city manager.
Webb, who did not return calls Wednesday, has served as city manager for 16 years. Camp said Webb’s contract with the city was renewed in March and is effective through June 30, 2010.
Under the agreement, the city may only terminate Webb “for good cause shown,” Camp said.
It would appear the contents of this article were based soley on Mr. Webb's and his attorney's comments.Before I conclude he was wrongfully terminated, I'd have to hear the Bixby commissioners' side, which would be illegal for them to discuss.
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Wichita, KS

#14 Apr 27, 2012
I looked for something but did not find any articles. They seem to keep quiet because they probably thought he would sue. The article that interests me is where he has sign Independence up with the same consulant he used in Bixby.
Ethel

Ingleside, TX

#15 Apr 27, 2012
When I was growing up, my father was a personnel manager for a large company in Ohio. I learned some important things from having grown up around him. 1) There are two sides to every story. If he fired someone because of something horrible, the fired person would often go to the media and make all sorts of false claims. Due to laws relating to personnel matters, my father's company could not say anything. I can't help but wonder what the Bixby commissioners' side to this situation was.(I use this same saying when I start to judge law enforcement individuals based on something someone who had gotten in trouble with the law says to the media. I always wait to hear the law enforcement people's side before I make a judgment.) 2) In the later part of my father's career, it became extremely difficult for him to fire someone (who really deserved to be fired) without "just cause" and without a great deal of documentation. The Bixby commission voted unanimously to let Mr. Webb go. It seems he must have done something fairly serious, and the commission must have had some documentation for all of them to decide to let him go. When I think they let him go even though they knew Mr. Webb was going to seek Open Meetings Act charges against them, I can't wonder if the charges were very serious. I'm not sure what the current employment laws are, but was wondering if someone out there who is familiar with them could answer this: Would it be possible for Mr. Webb to sign a legal document giving the Bixby commissioners permission to discuss why they let him go? In the same document, he would waive his right to sue. It would seem this would allow everything to be out in the open and possibly give Mr. Webb the opportunity to clear his name. Many thank you's to anyone who can answer this for me.
Suds

United States

#16 Apr 28, 2012
I would say it was on a need to know basis and we do not need to know. People get hired and fired all the time. I have never heard of anyone get their job back after being fired by using legal means. It is often done by unions forcing management to take back a connected employee. I would never hired anyone who was let go from his previous job. Otherwise there is not a recourse to my knowledge. You could tie it up in court forever and who can afford that? Besides like I said before, who wants to work where they are not appreciated or wanted?

Not me for one. Think how miserable you would be in a job under these circumstances.

You can't fight city hall LOL
wakeup

Newcastle, OK

#17 May 9, 2012
Ethel wrote:
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Does anyone know whom, other than Mr. Stichman, is qualified to take care of some of the exotic animals at the zoo? If he can only work 8 hours a day, who will take care of animals should they become ill outside those 8 hours? If Mr. Webb says it is acceptable for him to take care of sick animals when he is not "on the clock," it would seem as if Mr. Webb is using Mr. Stichman when he needs to, but being disrespectful to him when he does not need him. This does not sound like a well-thought out plan. I think perhaps we need to ask them about all of this. Mr. Stichman deserves some respect for his service, knowledge,and experience, and the little animals at the zoo deserve the best care we have to offer.
There are a couple of zookeepers that could take care of the animals and do their best even when those in power have "tied their hands" because they looked something up on the internet and think that is what is best. They dump more and more work on the workers that actually do something and allow the a** kissers to sit in the office or maintenance shop all day. Miss Barbie needs to watch her back because her wonderful gardener is very good at backstabbing to get what she wants. She tried the lies when she was rehired last year and it didn't work. It appears Mickey has forgotten about that fiasco. Maybe someone should ask Miss Barbie why there are some others that are having to work overtime when Ned is told not to. Maybe if she actually learned how to care for the animals she could actually help out like Ned has done. Do not get me wrong...he is not perfect but at least he would jump in and help where he was needed. Sitting in the garden house with your buddies doesn't cut it. Get your butts out there and do your jobs...pull some weeds and do some of the very needed maintenance!!
papster

Iowa City, IA

#18 May 9, 2012
I need more Beer
zack

Independence, KS

#19 May 11, 2012
what a bunch of tounge wagers we have on the topix
not one of you jokers know what the h--- you are talking about, you must lead a very dull life if
all you haft to do is talk about the city manager
it is just possable that the city manager had good reasons for demoting Ned Stichman like not doing his job, but you tounge wagers would never think of that because your pea brain doesent work like that.
One Opinion

Chanute, KS

#20 May 11, 2012
zack wrote:
what a bunch of tounge wagers we have on the topix
not one of you jokers know what the h--- you are talking about, you must lead a very dull life if
all you haft to do is talk about the city manager
it is just possable that the city manager had good reasons for demoting Ned Stichman like not doing his job, but you tounge wagers would never think of that because your pea brain doesent work like that.
A lot of us are concerned about the way the city manager continues to badger Ned, even after he's almost fired him. What does that do except pour salt in an open wound? As an employer, when I have an employee having difficulty with his job, I try to keep helping him even though he is on probation. Should I decide to relieve him of his duties, I try to preserve as much of his dignity as possible during the termination process. Despite the circumstances that led to Ned being relieved of his duties, his 30 years of service to this City should at least afford him the opportunity to have his dignity preserved. Considering Mr. Webb's situation with the Bixby commission, it would seem he should be able to relate to this.

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