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Waterford administrator calls town 'totalitarian dictatorship' in memo

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Waterford Town Chairman Tom Hincz

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WATERFORD — Village Administrator Zeke Jackson decried the Town of Waterford government as “a form of Totalitarian Dictatorship” in a memo to the Village Board, delivering his harshest rebuke yet since the village and town’s falling out over fire and emergency medical services.

Jackson made the remark in a staff memo prefacing a letter and survey he proposed sending to village residents that would ask questions about the two municipalities’ intergovernmental relationship. The incendiary memo, letter and survey highlight how severely relations have diminished in the two months since village trustees and town supervisors promised they would work to smooth out disagreements.

“I believe we are the ‘good guys’ and that we hold to the ideals of truth, justice, professionalism, excellence and the American Way,” Jackson wrote.

During Monday’s Village Board meeting, Jackson went further, reading aloud a Bible passage that urges people stay away from those who are “lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive” before he launched into discussion about the failed negotiations that resulted in the town canceling its fire and EMS contract with the village.

Jackson stood by his comments Wednesday.

“I think that it’s incumbent on governments to listen to their people, so I don’t think I’ve changed my position at all on the town government outright refusing to allow people to speak, or outright refusing to listen to the comments or concerns of the public,” he said.

Veteran Town Supervisor Dale Gauerke, who has repeatedly expressed regret that the Town Board canceled the contract and ultimately voted not to reconsider, chuckled when asked if he felt the town had become a dictatorship.

“No, we’re not a dictatorship,” Gauerke said. “Unfortunately, this is a very serious issue that I have strong feelings about, but so does the chairman and supervisors Nick (Draskovich) and Tim (Szeklinski) and I can’t criticize them or call them names. That’s counter-productive. They’re all good people, and this is one time that we’ve had a disagreement that’s kind of divided the board.”

Town Chairman Tom Hincz said there is no “community and or county that is impressed (by) or backs up Mr. Jackson in his comments, his constant name-calling. And we, the town, have decided it makes more sense that he can do all he wants and say all he wants, and the news media can give him all the time he wants, and one of these days it’ll catch up with him.”

Letter, survey

The letter attached to Jackson’s initial memo asks residents: “Should the public safety of neighboring communities come at a cost to our taxpayers?” The survey tasks respondents to rate the town government, say how much they agree with statements such as “we should take care of ourselves” and whether “our Village Board should stop trying to deal with the present Town Board.”

One yes-or-no question asks if village trustees should continue dealing with Hincz.

The Village Board voted to send the letter and survey, but wanted Jackson to revise them and bring them back to the board before anything is sent.

“We should not have questions pointed toward, ‘Do you trust Tom Hincz?’” Village President Don Houston said. “Those questions should not be asked. We need to work on those questions.”

Village Trustee Andrew Ewert added, “it’s inappropriate.”

“There is no other community and/or county that is impressed (by) or backs up Mr. Jackson in his comments, his constant name-calling.” Waterford Town Chairman Hincz

“I believe we are the ‘good guys’ and that we hold to the ideals of truth, justice, professionalism, excellence and the American Way.” Zeke Jackson, Waterford Administrator in a memo to the Village Board

“I believe we are the ‘good guys’ and that we hold to the ideals of truth, justice, professionalism, excellence and the American Way."

Zeke Jackson, Waterford Administrator  in a memo to the Village Board

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"There is no other community and/or county that is impressed (by) or backs up Mr. Jackson in his comments, his constant name-calling." 

Waterford Town Chairman Hincz

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Jonathon Sadowski covers the greater Union Grove and Waterford areas, entertainment and odds and ends for The Journal Times.

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A resident on Wednesday left a since-deleted comment on the village’s Facebook page criticizing Village Administrator Zeke Jackson’s “unacceptable slanderous” allegations that Town of Waterford Supervisor Nick Draskovich and Chairman Tom Hincz drunkenly attend meetings.

“The truth hurts,” the village’s Facebook page responded.

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