I am Jaylyn Hawks, a member of the Grand County Council. I write representing my own views and not necessarily those of the council.
The title of last week’s front-page article, “Council Rejects McGann” was inaccurate, misleading, and just plain wrong. Surely the T-I writers can tell the difference between rejecting a person and failing to bring a letter document to a vote; they are two very different things. As a council member and as council chair, Mary McGann has worked long hours fulfilling a dedicated commitment to this county and to its citizens. I, as one member of the council, certainly respect and support Ms. McGann in her hard work, dedication, and long hours.
For those of you who may have missed the controversy, here are just few items that need correcting:
The county council currently has policy that “encourages” council members to “delineate” their own views from those of the council as a whole. Until that policy changes it is a simple matter to insert a phrase similar to the one I used above to avert confusion about whether personal views are being expressed or council positions are being communicated. Unfortunately, that sentence was not inserted into Mr. Well’s op-ed to the Tooele publications.
Nobody is trying to “muzzle” Mr. Wells. If one to were to evaluate ‘air’ time in council meetings, Curtis would certainly come out on top in terms of time taken in expressing his views.
It’s true that the proposal to send the letter to Tooele County citizens died for lack of a motion. In my opinion this does not represent a lack of support for Mary McGann; rather, it is indicative of individual council member’s realizations that perhaps the highest interests of the county are best served by keeping personal opinions clearly separate from those of the council as a whole.
I apologize for any part that I may have unwittingly played in the confusion and ugliness that resulted in such an inaccurate and hurtful headline.
Grand County citizen