At the Candidate Forum for Indianola City Council, there was a question about whether there were any conflicts of interest by any of the candidates. Candidate Heather Hulen said she would recuse herself from any vote dealing with the YMCA, where she is the Executive Manager.
But City Manager Ryan Waller is the President of the YMCA Board of Managers. Wouldn’t he be considered Hulen’s boss?
And if Hulen were elected to the City Council she would be responsible for prescribing her boss’s “powers, duties, compensation and term of office” as City Manager (City Code 17.05).
Waller is Hulen’s boss at the YMCA, and she would be his boss for the City of Indianola. We have a double conflict of interest here.
In addition, on August 30th YMCA of Greater Des Moines CEO Leisha Barcus “told Indianola residents they have one year to resolve the Indianola YMCA's financial troubles or the facility also could close.” This means that the Indianola City council will be making some difficult choices in terms of finances and the Indianola YMCA. In this important matter we need the involvement of every city council member to decide what is best for the community of Indianola. It does the people of Indianola no good when a city council candidate states that she will recuse herself from this important issue if elected.
I urge you to vote on November 5th and re-elect City Council member Shirley Clark, an independent voice for the people of Indianola.