Joe Nichols ( Not the Singer) responds

On Tuesday February I sent a email to all of city council in regards to a ridiculous post from Joe Nichols. That email is HERE

Here is Yvette Foster’s response HERE

Below is Joe’s response and my rebuttal.

From: Joseph Nichols
Date: Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 8:09 AM
Subject: Re: Respecting The Public Safety Department
To: Thomas LaDuke , George Rouhib
Cc: Matt Hemelberg , mikec@micityoffraser.com, Patrice Schornak , mlesich@micityoffraser.com, Kathy Blanke , Yvette Foster , Wayne O’Neal , Kelly Dolland , Michele Kwiatkowski , Michael Pettyes , maryj@micityoffraser.com, Tim Tomlinson

Good morning Tom,

Thank you Tom for sharing your thoughts. I spoke with Director Rouhib yesterday (you conveniently left him out of your email as a recipient and is chain of command) and Lieutenant Pettyes we had a great conversation. The opinion shared by both was contrary to yours, the Director said he there were/are no concerns by them or officers within the FPS department. We also shared the consensus that the Director/Lts and officers know they have my full support and respect. My voting record supports my position on FPS. Enjoy your day.

Respectfully,

Joe Nichols
Mayor City of Fraser
33000 Garfield Rd.
Fraser, MI 48026
(248)431-2062
mayorjoe@micityoffraser.com

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Good Afternoon Joe,

I appreciate you pounding out this response.

First off, I did mistakenly leave out Director Rouhib, but not for any nefarious purpose. I have rather enjoyed my conversations with him and all of the FPS that listen to the show. When this was pointed out to me yesterday, I forwarded the email to the Director at 6:46 pm yesterday. So I hope that does not impugn my email which of course was focused on your distasteful FB post.

Time stamp listed below.

Thomas LaDuke
to: George Rouhib
date: Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 6:46 PM
subject: Fwd: Respecting The Public Safety Department
mailed-by: gmail.com

I have no doubt that your conversation with the Director and Lt. Pettyes was a very professional and cordial one. They are professional in every sense of the word. FPS has been recognized and awarded many times for their professional conduct including by you just 3 weeks ago.

Which is why your post was childish and disgusting.

Saying a FPS SGT was wasting taxpayer dollars helping clean up at an accident scene was nonsensical. You said WASTING TAX-DOLLARS assisting in a accident cleanup. Simply. Amazing. I’m sure by now you know that the very professional people at FPS did the same thing for Fosters. Was that a waste of taxpayer dollars at that time?

This also showed your lack of knowledge about procedure. Possibly next time instead of talking with the leadership AFTER a post like this, you could take a couple minutes out of your day while lounging at city hall ask beforehand.

I’m also stunned that you felt the need to try to use this as an opportunity to slam four members of council. Could you clarify who voted to waste tax-dollars on FPS in accident cleanup assistance? Could you clarify where it says this in the contract?

The most disturbing part of this was that a buddy of yours decided to do a verbal jihad saying that FPS was good for only “sweeping up”. He went on a tirade against FPS and anyone who defended the cops and you offered up “We have a Great Dept.” and you “”wish him well”. No rebuke of the pure crap he spewed or vague threats he made, but a verbal slap on the back and good luck to ya buddy. So a guy from Florida gets the velvet glove from you, but residents YOU REPRESENT, defending the cops and saying this post was inappropriate get the BAN BUTTON.

Yvette also offered up the ” verbal support” of the police line. Lucky for all of us though, the vast majority of people see actions for what they are and words for the meaningless tripe they are in this case.

Your demeanor in this incident plus in the emails I have received through FOIA requests and your inexplicable conduct in last years budget process paint a very different picture than supporting the police. They show the EXACT opposite and all the handing out of certificates will not change this.

If you would like to discuss any of this further to clarify, I would be more than happy to go over this point by point. This is all coming out anyway. Soon.

The leadership of FPS and all of the people who work at city hall see this for what it is. A Political Problem. So they will work through this as they have many times before. They have dealt with many elected officials and have persevered and thrived being they are professional in every sense of the word. They will do the same with this and are living examples of the old axiom “Grin & Bear It”

As former President Barrack Obama once said of a odd political situation he found himself in, maybe this can be a “Teachable Moment” I hope it is. If not, that is fine also. From this asinine attempt at smearing the current towing provider and demeaning the work of FPS by saying it was a “WASTE OF TAX DOLLARS” has shown even more residents your true nature.

I honestly can’t thank you enough.

I look forward to any additional thoughts you may have.

Also being no one in legal has tipped you off on this or for the people reading this at home. Your disclaimer here…….

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is absolutely meaningless. As a public official, your communications belong to the public.

Regards,

Thomas LaDuke
Executive Director
FTRRadio.com
Skype: irishduke69
Host Of “Bourbon On The Rocks” direct line: 586-840-8559
Email: laduke@ftrradio.com

****UPDATE****

Joe responded at 6:04 pm and I thanked him below.

_________________________________________________________

Joseph Nichols
to: Thomas LaDuke
cc: Yvette Foster ,
Kathy Blanke ,
Matt Hemelberg ,
Patrice Schornak ,
mikec@micityoffraser.com,
mlesich@micityoffraser.com,
George Rouhib ,
Michael Pettyes ,
Kelly Dolland ,
Michele Kwiatkowski ,
Wayne O’Neal ,
maryj@micityoffraser.com
date: Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 6:04 PM
subject: Re: Respecting The FPS

Thank you Tom, as always I will consider the source and give your comments the consideration they deserve. Enjoy you evening.

_______________________________________________

from: Thomas LaDuke
to: Joseph Nichols
cc: Yvette Foster ,
Kathy Blanke ,
Matt Hemelberg ,
Patrice Schornak ,
mikec@micityoffraser.com,
mlesich@micityoffraser.com,
George Rouhib ,
Michael Pettyes ,
Kelly Dolland ,
Michele Kwiatkowski ,
Wayne O’Neal ,
maryj@micityoffraser.com
date: Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 6:13 PM
subject: Re: Respecting The FPS

Thank you Joe. I’m sure you will find the sources much more accurate as do many others. I appreciate the response.