To the Editor:
As a parent and grandparent, I was sickened when I learned about the actions which prompted Woodstock Police Sgt. Chip Amati’s suspension, and even more so by the apparent desire of most local leaders to pass the blame onto the next elected official.
State Rep. Jack Franks and Undersheriff Andrew Zinke are a welcome and needed exception to this pattern.
While recent meetings at City Hall have seen city of Woodstock officials lay the blame for Amati’s continued employment at the feet of the police disciplinary board, Franks and Zinke have proposed a common-sense solution without attempting to scapegoat anyone.
Woodstock’s elected leaders need to take a lesson from Franks and Zinke and focus not on reapportioning blame away from themselves or trying to whitewash our memories, but on working constructively to keep our communities safe going forward.