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Letter vindictive, fraudulent

September 28, 2011

Dear Editor,

(In response to: 'Conflict of Interest?, The Citizen, Sept. 24, page 25.)

I am currently the Village Manager for the Village of Ortonville. I began on Aug. 1, 2011 and have had the responsibility myself since Sept. 1, 2011. In the Sept. 24, 2011 issue of the Citizen an editorial appeared that was very deceptive and misleading. I would like to take this opportunity to address these allegations for residents of the village. I will attempt to be brief in my explanation.

The facts:

1. I am on the ballot for the election to the City of Lapeer, City Commission.

2. I have not begun preparing for this election other than brief conversations with friends, no campaigning to speak of.

3. I have only attended one City Commission meeting since filing my papers Aug. 19, 2011.

4. I want to be on the City Commission in the city I retired from because I feel the residents and property owners are not being represented in the way they deserve.

5. I am very aware of the issues in Lapeer and learning them in Ortonville.

6. My work habits are very good.

7. The Village website has been updated to reflect me as the Village Manager.

8. The letter to the editor that appeared in the Sept. 24, 2011 issue with the name "Sam E. Williams" appears to be a fraudulent deception to promote bad feelings and rumors.

The Sam Williams I know would not write such a vindictive misconception of the truth. He also would call me and express his concerns to me so that I could explain them to him. He would not send a letter to the editor to provoke and aggravate the residents of Ortonville.

I am in my office daily for anyone who wishes to speak to me on any Village business.

I promise the Village residents that I take very seriously my responsibility as the Village Manager and I will place my job here in Ortonville first, as most people do who have an after work life.

There is no conflict of interest Mr. Williams or whoever you are.

John Lyons

Village Manager

Village of Ortonville