Editor’s note: Below is a Letter to the Editor in today’s Fishwrap. We give two big Roy’s Rants thumbs up to Glenn Mooney of Pottstown for raising his very valid points. There is far more to Jason’s story, but unfortunately we will never know all the details. Pottstown politics are nasty and people get tired of beating their head against a wall. Sometimes you just have to walk away to preserve your own sanity. Mr. Toroney has learned nothing from Jason’s departure. We can only hope enough new people get on Council in November to pick a new Council President. It’s time to clean house!
Referring to the most recent Mercury article by Evan Brandt, dated Aug. 15, I have some questions not about his report but about the mayor and borough council’s account of losing Jason Bobst. Let me understand, Councilman Toroney stated, and I quote from the article, “He did a fantastic job for us. But age and experience were not on his side. He didn’t have the battle scars. We need someone with experience who has the wherewithal to do a good job for us.” My bet is Jason could elaborate quite a bit about battle scars!
This sounds a little funny regarding whose choice it was for his leaving Pottstown? Then we have Mayor Bonnie Heath and Jeff Chomnuk stating that the borough has begun to gain traction in its recovery efforts, due largely to the efforts of Bobst and Finance Director Janice Lee. Hhmm? These comments were to help justify going outside to hire a new manager at a 30-percent higher salary. Then Mayor Heath stated and I quote, “It’s actually kind of an awkward fact that we were paying Jason less than $100,000.”