Schilling was on a witch-hunt
I don't know Ric Barrick, but from all the reports I have read and heard, I have to say that the continued efforts by Rob Schilling to disparage this man truly represent a witch-hunt. [March 29: "Stressed and out: City spokesman resigns after bid-rigging investigation"]
It's good to have a community watchdog who wants to ferret out wrongdoing in local government. Rob found irregularities, and he had them checked out. That's great. But the subsequent official investigation has not shown one bit of corruption.
Corruption in government is exemplified by someone acting in his own interests and thus making decisions that result in some kind of personal benefit. I have not seen nor heard one news report, including Rob's own on-air reporting, that has demonstrated any personal profit to Ric Barrick. The man didn't follow the rules when procuring a vendor for the City, which is not a good thing, but he obviously was not behaving in a criminal manner that demands prosecution and punishment by the City.
It's immoral to continue to publicly persecute someone for unfounded allegations which, I am disappointed to say, Rob Schilling is doing. Once it was clear that there was no criminal intent, the community watchdog should have dropped the issue instead of continuing to talk about an allegation that actually has no basis in fact.
Marlene A. Condon