Sellus Wilder Closing Remarks

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Here's a video of my closing remarks as a City Commissioner, taken on December 17, 2012. I think the video speaks for itself: http://youtu.be/vEYaQscn6Cc

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  • Maybe we will get our streets back now u are gone.

  • Mitt had nothing to say that anyone with sense wanted to hear during the election, and has even less to say now...kinda like Dubya. They were wrong about everything. Heard from him lately? He and Dick are laying low trying to become invisible here in the states as they wouldn't dare venture out for fear that they will be arrested for war crimes and tried in an international court.

  • Man it sure is nice to see Mitt Romeny shut his trap after he lost his election bid....

  • LOL! Good Ridence and GOOOOOOOOOOOOD-bye stick with what you do best stay at home DAD :- (

  • Thank you for your service, Mr. Wilder. It was like a long cool drink of water on a hot day.

  • I've read anonymous conspiracy theorists claim that my DUI charge proves that I was actually doing drugs and cutting illegal back-room deals, but no one has managed to back up these claims (which are frankly silly). I'm not even going to respond to anonymous accusations about stupid stuff like smoking fake pot (?), because it's self-evident that anyone making anonymous accusations without evidence is inherently full of it. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. All of the witnesses who have made public accusations against Frankfort's 'good old boys' have one major thing in common: Myself, Debbie Bramlage, Angie Willoughby, and Robbie Engle all have names and identities (in other words, we all exist in reality). We all have reputations that we've put on the line and exposed to criticism by testifying against wrongdoing in City Hall. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. On the other hand, the folks who have made public accusations against us in defense of the 'good old boys' also have one major thing in common: The anonymous person who allegedly saw me buying fake pot, the anonymous person who allegedly overheard city inspectors plotting to take down Kathy Carter in Applebees, and folks with fantastic conspiracy theories like 'Reasonable1' and 'sjmeriwether' do not have names and identities. Assuming all of these peope actually exist (which is doubtful), or that they aren't all the same person, none of these alleged people have provided any evidence to back up their particular claims. They don't even have enough integrity or conviction to back up their allegations with a real name or reputation. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Which group is really more believable? The people who exist on the record who have claimed City Hall is crooked while producing verifiable evidence, or the nameless people who don't exist on the record who claim without evidence that City Hall is just fine except for us drug-addled lying criminal mastermind whistleblowers? This isn't rocket science.

  • I though Sellus Wilder was a very good city commissioner, and I am sorry to see him go. I hope he changes his mind and runs for office again. I would definitely vote for him again. In fact, I would like to see him run for governor at some point in the future. His honesty, transparency, and freedom from corruption (and yes, even his human imperfections) is something I've never seen before, and I'd like to see it again.

  • Anonymous1713 your right he wasn't guilty of DUI he was guilty of DWI that's driving while impaired he wasn't drunk from alcohol he was using something else after all why would you refuse to take a breathalyzer if you wasn't drunk from alcohol they should have taken him for a blood test then the truth would have come out. He has been seen buying that fake pot on East Main at the tobacco store so he was probably smoking the real stuff with his friends at the coffee shop on Broadway.

  • Try again. He was sentenced to a fine and classes. If you take a plea deal, it doesn't mean you get out of a sentence. You just agree to admit to it or that there is enough evidence against you (like in this case). If we take your interpretation of plea deal arrangements, we have prosecutors handing out the punishments. And we have murders sitting in jail, who never properly got sentenced. Funny interpretation of the law you got there. Then again, you don't believe in the law or law enforcement anyways.

  • There was no admission of guilt, no evidence collected and no testimony given...the arrest was based on nothing more than the officer's word against Mr. Wilder's word. The judge must see that there is some factual basis for the plea...and he did. He could have immediately found that the accused was guilty and impose sentence as if the defendant had otherwise been convicted of the crime. He did not. It was an agreement that Mr. Wilder entered into to with the prosecutor to pay a fine and take a class, not a sentence.

  • Even setting aside fun conspiracy theories about the City's obligation to fix our illegal sewer system (which some people think I engineered before I even joined the Commission to somehow funnel money into my family's pockets), there's an obvious blind spot in Reasonable1's thinking. By his logic, it's ok for Steve Dawson to mislead the Commission (such as when he lied to our faces and claimed that a new assistant position in the City Manager's office wouldn't be filled this year, even though public records prove that staff had already quietly included the position in the budget and started the hiring process without telling us), and it's ok for Jim Parrish to ignore fraud and intimidate a witness because... Sellus Wilder has a DUI conviction. If someone else's unrelated conviction is a free pass to get away with anything, then I could have easily shrugged off my own troubles by citing Kathy Carter's ethics conviction (but that would have just been both unreasonable and stupid). ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Now I'll grant that I'm no more of a perfect saint than anyone else in town. I do my best to be a good person, but I'm just as human as anybody. I've never held any City employee's personal life against them, however, and I never abused my position as a City official, yet my personal life is continually used by folks like Reasonable1 to make excuses for other City officers who serially abuse their official positions and the public's trust. This discussion actually proves a point from my closing remarks: hardly anyone is willing to do anything about the corruption in our local government because those of us who do speak up are targeted personally while other City officials are allowed to get away with acts of official corruption ranging from whistleblower harassment to witness intimidation to covering up fraud to good old-fashioned dishonesty. Folks like Reasonable1, who operate in the shadows and don't even have enough convictions or integrity to take responsibility for their own attacks, are directly responsible for the culture of corruption in City Hall.

  • "City Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem Sellus Wilder entered an Alford plea to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol today." 1713's inability to read! Again! "Driving under the influence" is long for DUI. Even in a world of those who think liberals can't do no wrong. And the Alford plea put it on his record. Just because he refuses to admit doesn't mean this type of plea doesn't lead to a conviction. It's on his record. He paid the fine and took classes. A DUI is a DUI is a DUI. Except when you 1713. Although I'd like to see him plead his case in front of a judge LOL

  • Reasonable1: Like I said, Mr. Wilder does not have a DUI charge on his record, and your cite proves it.

  • http://www.state-journal.com/local%20news/2011/02/22/dui-class-for-wilder

  • Reasonable1, Mr. Wilder does NOT have a DUI on his record...that sir, is a lie. And even if he did, why would that be grounds for dismissal from the City Commission? It does not. You just keep making the same dumb baseless arguments. The City is gonna miss Mr. Wilder, but the voters get the government that they deserve! And there is nothing "conservative" about turning a blind eye to graft and corruption or tolerating lying officials who misrepresent our indebtedness for purely political purposes.

  • That doesn't sound very "reasonable."

  • When does this paper keep catering to this guy? He had a serious charge of DUI and could not find it within himself to step down. He is shameless. Watch the whole video of this bologna and notice at the end there was a pin dropped. Nobody wants to hear this blow-hard twist unrelated matters around to make himself look good. We are going to be paying higher taxes for years because of the stunts this guy pulled in office. None of it was done with popular support. Not the bike lanes, Not the MILLION dollar trash fiasco, and Not the last minute storm sewer push (which we all know why this was done). We had better hope what he has done can be salvaged by the new commission. The speech was delivered like someone in a bad movie. Thank heavens sellus and his small following of hipster-pals have been stopped from dominating our conservative city of Frankfort. Remember the commission meeting where sellus got a lesson in the science of accounting? Watch it until the end. He failed the accounting lesson - they tried to help him, and that's on record. He just kept repeating the same dumb thing. What an act indeed.

  • I really appreciate all the support folks have expressed, and I'll continue to be involved in the community, but I've always tried to be clear that I simply don't want a career in politics. I'm proud of the service I put in, but I also plan to enjoy not beating my head against a brick wall for a while. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. I regret not reporting fraud in the parks department to higher authorities when I first uncovered evidence back in 2009. I was new to the Commission, and naively thought that I was doing the proper thing by reporting my findings to Mayor Graham and the City Manager at the time. As Mayor Graham has since admitted, the internal 'investigation' that was conducted in 2009 denied any wrong-doing. Rather than tightening internal controls to prevent any more fraud moving forward, internal controls were instead relaxed even further (which appeared to make the fraud go away simply by making it even more difficult to document). When I finally did make this a public issue in 2012 (after years of failing to address the problem 'properly' and 'politely' behind the scenes), two low-level employees were suspended but the department heads who ignored the fraud for years weren't even reprimanded. The statute of limitations has since expired on the documented fraud from 2009, and the fraud since then simply hasn't been documentable because the internal controls were relaxed, which means nothing can be done now unless witnesses come forward. I've spoken with witnesses who are reluctant to come forward on the record because they fear retaliation. I made a point to pass a whistleblower protection law right before leaving office to protect City employees who report crimes to the proper authorities, but Commissioner Roach in particular has already publicly announced that he might vote against that protection (granted, Roach's comments appear to be based on a misunderstanding that laws require two votes to pass, which simply isn't the case). Regardless, every current member of the Commission openly supports the same department head who was publicly busted for well-documented whistleblower harassment, so employees apparently have reason to fear retaliation if they report any wrongdoing. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. It was obviously naive of me to trust City Hall to investigate itself when I first joined the Commission, but the current office holders don't appear to be any wiser. The current Commission has publicly committed to handling problems like this 'in house' (and out of the public's view) and has even flatly announced in advance that they won't fire any city officers, which means that nothing will change unless one or two courageous City employees step forward and do the right thing by turning evidence and testimony over to higher-ranking law enforcement agencies. I'm hoping that potential whistleblowers can ignore the lack of support from the Commission, find courage in the legal protections that are now in place, and start coming forward publicly. I'm also hoping that the aggrieved witness against the City will file criminal charges against the folks who abused their positions to intimidate her. I'm willing to back any employee up with testimony and supporting evidence if they come forward, but there's not much I can do on my own. In the meantime, the public would do well to stop electing folks who sweetly and politely cover for crooks.

  • I yearned for the county to merge with the city with the likes of Sellus Wilder on the city commission. Now will stick with status quo. Can't you move to the county, Sellus, and let us elect you as a magistrate? You've got my vote!

  • I just watched this and I applaud you and thank you for your service to Frankfort. It is a shame we don't have more people like you that is concerned for our community.

  • Have you asked the KSP or the FBI to investigate?