The Pottstown political cesspool has claimed yet another victim. Man of the People and Sixth Ward Councilor, Jody Rhoads has called it quits in a two sentence email to Borough Hall. After banging his head against the table, serving approximately four and a half years on Pottstown Borough Council, Jody has had enough. The man who dared to fight City Hall wants his life back.
This is a huge loss for Pottstown on the heels of Jason Bobst’s recent announcement that he has accepted a job as the new West Norriton Township Manager. Both of these men have worked to make Pottstown a better place and have tried in their own way to look at the big picture and find a way forward. However, the “good old boy machine” is just too strong. Mr. Toroney and his sock puppet majority on council like Pottstown just the way it is and have no intention of letting things change. If you read the Fishwrap on a regular basis you see Pottstown is in need of sweeping changes based on the news presented. It’s generally not good news. The ULI Report may as well never have been written, since we constantly ignore it. There is no desire to move forward by the majority of the leadership in Pottstown. They say what they think people want to hear and do the opposite.
Jody was successful in neutralizing Thomas Hylton’s Shade Tree Commission and has been a tireless advocate for cutting costs, keeping taxes down and being a councilor at large for any citizen of Pottstown who needed assistance! Jody is not a politician. Instead, Jody is a concerned citizen who gave thousands of hours of his time to serve the residents of Pottstown. Seeing Jody walking the streets of his ward and talking to his constituents was a common occurrence. However, there comes a time when you have to cut your losses and move on.
Jody achieved a landslide election victory last November and was sworn in to serve another four years on Pottstown Borough Council in January. The Sixth Ward and the entire Borough of Pottstown have lost a champion for the people. It’s a sad day indeed!
We think losing a Borough Manager and a Borough Councilor so close together illustrate Mr. Toroney’s failed leadership as Pottstown Borough Council President. We think Mr. Toroney needs to do the right thing and step down as well! Somebody with some vision for the future needs to occupy that position as Mr. Toroney has no plan for the future of Pottstown.
Ask yourself why these two particular people would suddenly resign after being so involved.