Ken Jakes, a citizen activist who has observed the disregard for established rules at Nashville's farmers market, has filed a civil service complaint against the acting director. So far he has been ignored. This, unfortunately, is representative of how government often views the public with contempt and chooses which rules will be obeyed and which will be ignored.
Rule of law is an important principle and a feature of democratic societies. It will be interesting to observe if Mayor Karl Dean, our former Law Director, believes in the rule of law or thinks he gets to select which rules are enforced.
Quite frankly, I approve of the sale of wine at the farmers market. I love my adult beverages, especially wine. However, this issue is not about whether or not one wants wine sold at farmers market but whether or not we will follow established rules. If the Farmers Market administration wants to allow wine sales and wants to sell wine at the farmers market, they should change the rules.
Below are Ken Jakes' emails calling for disciplinary actions against Nancy Whittemore, the acting director of the farmers market:
From: "Ken Jakes"
Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2013 1:30:21 PM
Subject: Re: SUPERVISOR / : Disciplinary Actions for Nancy Whittemore.
I am forwarding this civil service complaint to you to file on my behalf as a citizen and taxpayer of Davidson County against Ms. Nancy Whittemore. Please review the forwarded complaint. If there is a complaint form for me to fill out please contact me and I will act immediately to file with you.
From: "Ken Jakes"
To: email@example.com, Councilmembers@nashville.gov, "Nancy whittemore"
Subject: SUPERVISOR / : Disciplinary Actions for Nancy Whittemor.
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, "C"
Subject: Disciplinary Actions for Nancy Whittemor.
SECTION 6.7 - GROUNDS FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTIONThe following constitute grounds for disciplinary action:1. Neglect or failure to perform official duty.2. Deficient or inefficient performance of duties.5. Neglect or disobedience to the lawful and reasonable orders given by a supervisor.10. Violation of any provision of the Metropolitan Charter or any written Executive or Administrative Orders.11. Violation of any written rules, policies or procedures of the department in which the employee is employed.12. Violation of any of the rules or regulations of the Metropolitan Civil Service Commission.