Mission Accomplished — Rowlett Mayor Harper Resigns
From the pages of The Rowlett Reporter — Mayor Harper Resigns
Editor’s Note: The following letter is published in its entirety without edit as it was addressed to Mayor Pro Tem, Todd Gottel.
When Debra and I returned from South Carolina a week ago I was re-energized. I love the City of Rowlett…I am passionate about the City of Rowlett. But, I learned I have to harness that passion in more positive ways. After the haze brought on by our family emergency was dissipated, I knew I had to redouble my efforts to improve communications with the Council and with Rowlett citizens and planned to make that special effort this week with hopes that the Council would do the same.
However, late last week I was provided an advance copy of the upcoming City Council Meeting agenda which clearly showed no interest on the part of the councilmembers in curtailing the name-calling and unwarranted personal attacks on my integrity and character. Three separate agenda items are set for April 19 with a clear purpose of weakening the Rowlett Mayor. Even you refused to provide me specifics of any events you believe are violations of the Code of Ethics for which you claim I should be censured or reprimanded. That, no doubt, is because there are no violations.
Regardless, it has sadly become very certain to me that you and the majority of the City Council will not let me govern. Instead, the name-calling and nattering will continue and it will continue to injure the reputation of not only me but also the City of Rowlett. So, I will reluctantly step down from the position of Mayor of Rowlett, effective immediately.
I am very pleased that I had a major role in the transformation of the City of Rowlett over the past four years. Today, Rowlett is recognized nationally as one of the top 25 Best Small Cities in the entire United States of America! In all of Texas, the Texas State Comptroller has hailed the City of Rowlett for achieving a unique and high level of transparency and accountability. I am very proud of both of those significant achievements. And, there are others.
I wish you only good fortune in moving forward. I believe both the momentum and direction are in place for Rowlett to achieve its true destiny. I urge you to stay focused on the truth and be forthright with the citizens and friends of Rowlett. Maintain the direction that you and I, working together, set during the past four years. Do not allow any more backsliding. I will pray for your personal strength.
I regret disappointing any one of the overwhelming majority of voters who re-elected me in 2010 to lead the City. However, I will remain involved in city matters, but as a private citizen. I will continue my public service elsewhere and am exploring several opportunities to serve within the North Texas region.
I truly wish the citizens of Rowlett continued prosperity and growth.
John E. Harper
Always the victim, right John? Poor, pitiful, persecuted, downtrodden, outnumbered and now OUT OF OFFICE John. Poor John.
However, late last week I was provided an advance copy of the upcoming City Council Meeting agenda which clearly showed no interest on the part of the councilmembers in curtailing the name-calling and unwarranted personal attacks on my integrity and character.
John, may I call you John? John, the only name calling that was done, was done by YOU, in public and private.
Three separate agenda items are set for April 19 with a clear purpose of weakening the Rowlett Mayor. Even you refused to provide me specifics of any events you believe are violations of the Code of Ethics for which you claim I should be censured or reprimanded. That, no doubt, is because there are no violations.
John, there were violations. You know it, I know it, the City knows it, everyone knows it, well, everyone but ‘John’s Ego’ that is.
Regardless, it has sadly become very certain to me that you and the majority of the City Council will not let me govern.
John, you were not in office to GOVERN, you were Mayor, your job, as far as I am aware, was to PRESIDE over the Council and to interact WITH the Council and City Manager to then govern as a group, the City of Rowlett.
John, you were Mayor, not KING…
Honestly, I am certain that somewhere along the line, somewhere during the last four years, John Harper did some good things for the City of Rowlett and it’s citizens, but in my opinion, after the last election, Harper seemed to think that he was on a *Mission of Divine Intervention*.
A legend in his own mind I suppose?
Now, I have another matter to address.
Jerry Berggren, who says he is no longer the TEA Party President, called me this morning at about 9:10AM to tell me that Harper wasn’t going to be at the meeting tonight and asked me if I wanted to place a bet on the matter.
Jerry was adamant that Harper NOT going to be at the Council meeting tonight, now I know why.
It appears that Harper used the Rowlett Texas TEA Party to announce his resignation. The site I am using as citation for this story has a time stamped trackback from the Rowlett Texas TEA Party site at 11:20AM this date. That would be about the time The TEA Party site posted it I have to assume.
Jerry, you do realize that is akin to *insider trading* do you not? Trying to lay a *sucker bet* on inside knowledge? Jerry, I didn’t think you would sink to those depths. It appears that my “Go f*ck yourself” may not have been as far out of line as I was thinking it was.
And I have gone over Michael Gallops Facebook page very carefully, as has he, and neither of us can find a comment from you about Harper and his actions at the Rudderless TEA Party meeting. So much for your claims of rebuttal against Harper for his knocking your TEA Party and it’s credibility out COLD…
And you accuse ME of lying? You have truly enlightened me Jerry, you have given me a very good showing and have made me fully aware of WHY a Libertarian hasn’t got a chance in HELL of ever getting elected or taken seriously.
Thank God that John Harper is gone, and again, I thank God that Donna Davis won a seat on the Council, otherwise, in MY opinion, by now, citizens would be clamoring for a Jerry Berggren recall and/or resignation.