|Bonnie Labar opposed giving Mayor 7 X his annual salary|
Pursuant to a Right-to-Know Request, I obtained the details. At Bangor Borough Council's regular meeting on July 9, 2012, he asked for $6,950 to attend the "Executive Integral Leadership" training program hosted by Notre Dame that Fall. That fee included instruction, a 90-minute executive coaching session, a 60-minute health and wellness coaching session, leadership assessments, educational materials, lodging and meals. He also asked for an additional $700 travel expenses, making his total request $7,650.
According to the Minutes, "Brown stated the program will allow him to learn and refine additional skills relating to leadership and receive feedback and coaching on improving leadership capabilities in the areas of negotiation, collaboration, and communication allowing him to continue to provide pro-active leadership as Mayor."
Council member Bonnie Labar filed a motion to deny the request, but it died for lack of a second. But Council decided to table the matter for its July 23 Workshop Meeting to give them more time to review the matter.
The Workshop met on July 23, with no members of the public present for a meeting on a hot Summer day.
The $7,650 was authorized by a 5-3 vote of Bangor Borough Council, with Bonnie Labar, Mark Brown (no relation to John Brown) and Marino Saveri dissenting. Labar and Mark Brown asked Council to have the Ethics Commission review this matter, but their motion failed by a voice vote.
So there you have it. Bangor Borough Council paid $7,650 to Mayor John Brown, over 7 times his $1,000 annual salary, to he could attend a leadership and become a better Mayor.
But instead of being a better Mayor, as promised, Brown has decided he'd rather be Northampton County Executive. Given his own statements to Bangor Borough Council, Brown should return the money.