New details have emerged in what is now the suspension of Board of Public Utilities Director Rick Rose.
On Thursday, June 25th, sources confirmed that Rose had been terminated for cause. The termination was made known to members of the City Council that day by Interim City Manager Doug Terry, who under the city charter has the sole authority to terminate the Director of the Board of Public Utilities.
However, in a reversal of course the next day, Terry informed council members that after he had discussed the situation with City Attorney Lew Loren, he decided not to terminate Rose, but to instead suspend him. Terry also informed the Hillsdale Daily News of Rose's suspension, but with no mention of prior intent to terminate him. Terry declined to offer the cause of Rose's suspension pending investigation.
We now know that cause. Sources have confirmed that Rick Rose had called an employee meeting at the Board of Public Utilities and verbally threatened to use a gun to murder Hillsdale City Councilpersons Patrick Flannery, Bruce Sharp, Emily Stack-Davis and Adam Stockford, all of whom cast the dissenting votes that resulted in Rose's contract not being renewed.
The Michigan State Police, as of this writing, are still investigating.
We'll bring you more as the story continues to unfold.