Waller Can’t Defend Pay Lawsuit, PDMP

17 May

Jefferson County Executive Ken Waller has always had difficulty providing a persuasive argument for his preferred policies, instead usually resorting to “because it is best and those who oppose me are dumbheads.” But he had even more difficulty giving a sufficient explanation to Fox 2’s Elliott Davis as to why he’s suing JeffCo taxpayers to get more salary for himself:

Oh, no, you see, it isn’t about getting more money in his pocket! He just wants clarification from the judge! If the judge decides I need more money, what can I do? *chuckles* If that’s the case, then Waller should come out right now and say that he will refuse to accept any extra money if he wins his lawsuit. I mean, if all he wants is a legal clarification, that should be an easy pledge to make and it would put people’s minds at ease that this isn’t about personal enrichment. We’ll be waiting.

PDMP Fails

The proposal for JeffCo to join a multi-county prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) to fight opioid abuse failed at the April 24 council meeting by a 4-3 vote, according to the Leader. The roll call was:

  • Don Bickowski – no
  • Renee Reuter – no
  • Bob Boyer – no
  • Charles Groeteke – no
  • Jim Kasten – yes
  • Dan Stallman – yes
  • Jim Terry – yes

Waller moped afterwards:

“It’s sad that people just don’t do the right thing, and that (allowing the county to join the database) was the right thing to do. The bottom line is that it didn’t pass, and more people are going to die and they’re not going to do anything about it.”

This was the extent of his argument for this bill, along with his single-minded focus on PDMP instead of a multi-pronged approach to the opioid/heroin problem, as was advocated by Boyer. No data, no facts, just demonizing. Waller also suggested he would go to Jefferson City to lobby for a statewide PDMP (which did not pass, but could come up in a special session). I doubt he would win over any votes there, either.

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5 Responses to “Waller Can’t Defend Pay Lawsuit, PDMP”

  1. Bob Hohmeier May 17, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

    Don’t have a lot of respect for athletes that renegotiate their contract after voluntarily accepting the original. I have even less respect for one living off my hard earned money asking for more than he agreed to accept to begin with. And to demand back pay is even more egregious!

    On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 10:31 AM, Jefferson County Penknife wrote:

    > JC Penknife posted: “Jefferson County Executive Ken Waller has always had > difficulty providing a persuasive argument for his preferred policies, > instead usually resorting to “because it is best and those who oppose me > are dumbheads.” But he had even more difficulty giving a s” >

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  2. Kelly June 4, 2017 at 6:55 pm #

    As I type this, the Jeff. Co. Health Dept. has passed a PDMP. I’ve seen this mentioned in your Twitter feed indicating we must fight this. I agree, and I would like to know what, if anything, is being organized. I’ve already called the Health Dept. to let them know how disappointed I am about the action that they have taken. What else do you suggest to fight this?

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    • JC Penknife June 4, 2017 at 8:44 pm #

      I think the only way to fight is via the county council and/or a lawsuit challenging the legality of the Health Department ordinance.

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