Gosack Gains Support Ahead of Performance Review
Fort Smith City Administrator Ray Gosack is gaining support ahead of his Tuesday evening performance review.
City Directors Steve Tyler and Pam Weber, requested at a July 10 study session to place a performance review for Gosack on the agenda for the July 17 meeting.
In an email sent to 5NEWS late Monday Night, Matthew Holloway, President of the Fraternal Order of Police Logdge 39 cited support for Gosack saying, “As President of the FOP Lodge 39, I have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Gosack and have found his focus is squarely on the good of the city. While we have not always agreed, he has always treated our members with respect and has come to the table with an attitude of cooperating in finding solutions amenable to both sides.”
He continued, “The members of the Fraternal Order of Police look forward to continuing our working relationship with Mr. Gosack for the betterment of our members and the progress of this community.”
City Director Don Hutchings who has cited support for Gosack to our partners at TheCityWire.com thanked Holloway for his support saying in an email sent to 5NEWS, “It is so great to hear these positive words about Ray. The FOP carries a great deal of clout with me.”
Gosack is required to have a review every six months, but just had one in May. The board concluded at that time that Gosack performed his role satisfactorily. Hutchings questioned the review when it was first proposed saying in a comment to TheCityWire.com, “I have no idea why the directors are calling for another evaluation. We just had one May 15.”
Only four directors are needed to terminate employment for city personnel, and under Fort Smith Municipal Code Chapter 2, Article II, Section 2-34(a), the mayor “shall have the power of veto over all decisions made by the board of directors, except with respect to matters relative to city personnel.”
Fort Smith City Directors will discuss Gosack’s performance at their executive meeting at 6 p.m. July 17.
Below is the full letter from Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 39 Matthew Holloway: