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No censure for Sexton

October 1, 2012
Steve Schulwitz - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ALPENA -The Alpena Municipal Council voted 3-1 to not censure councilman Shawn Sexton for some questionable language used during an open meeting on Sept. 6. Councilman Dave Karschnick made a motion to censure Sexton claiming he has let his temper get the best of him on two occasions and needed to be reprimanded because he violated Charter 4, Section 4.12 of the city charter which regulates disorderly conduct. Sexton excused himself from the vote.

Karschnick said it was a difficult decision to bring the issue before the board, but said the the type of behavior Sexton had exhibited should not be tolerated, especially during a public meeting.

"His behavior was the number one reason in my mind. He has been doing this since April," Karschnick said. "He should have been censured. I can't believe no one else had the guts to do it, but they have their own conscience to live with."

Sexton addressed the council and the public before the vote. He said he was out of line for his actions in the September meeting

"I owe the community an apology," Sexton said. "I apologize for getting upset and using the term "BS" on camera, in open session. I have a responsibility to keep my cool and refrain from using profanity in a public meeting. For that I apologize to the citizens of Alpena. I just hope the public understands why and I will willingly accept whatever punishment council has in mind."

Karschnick said Sexton's language and him leaving the closed session in which it was determine that former City Manager Thad Tayor would be released also should be addressed. Sexton said he was not sorry for the outburst, because it was in closed session and among men.

"These allegations are 100 percent true and I make no apologies for them," Sexton said. "This was a closed session there was no chance to offend the public and the comments were well deserved. I won't lie to the public about it and I won't hide behind a close session the way my peers have."

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