Tardiness Starts at the Top

Seriously, we’re not making this stuff up.

On the same day that Mayor Mark Mallory issued a memo to Cincinnati City Council members urging them to be punctual about starting their public sessions, the council meeting began almost 50 minutes late as Mallory and some members went missing from council chambers.

Prompted by public complaints, Mallory sent a memo Thursday that said, “Understanding that schedules are busy, it remains imperative that council sessions start on time. I would ask that if there is a time that anyone is going to be late to please notify me as soon as possible. I will also do my part to ensure that council sessions begin on time. … With plenty of work ahead of us, it is critical that council sessions are conducted as efficiently and effectively as possible. I ask for your focus and commitment as we move into our fall council sessions.”

Although Thursday’s public speakers forum held before the council meeting began on time, at 1:30 p.m., the unusually large number of participants — most talking about crime and Cincinnati’s spiking homicide rate — meant the forum lasted longer than usual, taking more than an hour.

When the public forum ended, about 2:40 p.m., Mallory emphasized there would be a five-minute recess before council’s business meeting began. But Mallory and a few members left the chambers as the minutes ticked by. Some were busy giving interviews to TV news crews, responding to comments made during the forum by Melanie Bates, a Cincinnati School Board member whose husband was recently killed on the front steps of their North Avondale home.

Eventually, the missing members returned to the chambers one by one but Mallory was nowhere to be found. After the mayor reappeared, he spent several minutes meeting privately with council members on the dais, in full view of the public.

Finally, at 3:28 p.m., the meeting began.

— Kevin Osborne

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3 Comments on “Tardiness Starts at the Top”

  1. Harvey Milk Says:

    Kevin, is this all you do? Complain and moan?

  2. Anonymous Says:

    What, he should write about how great it is that they can’t get their shit together?


  3. To answer “Harvey” — No, but part of my job involves pointing out absurdity and hypocrisy in the government and political arenas, be it Democratic, Republican or otherwise.

    And everything I print, I do so using my real name, not some snarky screen name that impugns the memory of a dead man. (Given your choice of nom de plume, are you suggesting you’re in favor of gunning down gay politicians at City Hall?)


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