This video isn’t very long. It didn’t need to be to get Amarillo Mayor Paul Harpole’s point across.
He ripped into Place 3 City Councilman Randy Burkett for contending falsely that Assistant City Manager Vicki Covey quit her job at his request … or, more to the point, at his demand.
Harpole said Covey “retired” from her post. He said the city had a letter in its possession that pre-dated Burkett’s assertion that he had sought her resignation.
What’s most compelling about the video is the strong language that the mayor is using to describe the conduct of one of his City Council colleagues. It’s the kind thing we haven’t heard from City Council members — or mayors — at least in the more than 20 years that I’ve been watching City Hall politics and government.
Harpole’s remarks came Monday at the joint City Council-Amarillo Economic Development Corporation meeting.
Burkett was absent from the meeting.
This, it seems to be, is likely to become the new normal at Amarillo City Hall at least for the next two years.
Voters wanted “change”? Well, there you have it.