Oviedo city council member Stephen Schenck responds to allegations former Oviedo mayor Mary Lou Andrews makes in a feature CMF Public Media posted called “Andrews: Revenge or Justice?” which reflected in her words her journey from being mayor to now being the “former” mayor.
Length – 16:44
CMF Public Media sought a response from city officials to allegations former Oviedo mayor Mary Lou Andrews made in an interview CMF produced which reflected, in her words, her journey from being mayor to now being the “former” mayor. While it took a while for a ranking city representative to accept our invitation to come forward and speak on the issue, we now have a speaker — Stephen Schenck, a member of the Oviedo City council who has served for three years on the dais with Andrews.
In Steck’s 27-minute extended interview with Schenck on the Andrews resignation – which is posted below and from which his 12-minute comments are excerpted for this feature — Schenck offers comments which address several documents – the current charter, opinions from the city’s legal counsel and others. We have posted below. Opening and reviewing them as Schenck comments may be helpful to you.
To better understand Schenck’s comments in this feature -– you should listen to an intense interview CMF recorded with the former mayor. It’s called “Andrews: Revenge or Justice?” A link to that feature is below. The page includes helpful links to information to which Andrews refers in the interview. If you are unfamiliar with Andrews’ decision to resign, then un-resign, then, ultimately, stand-down, you should listen to it — as you will gain a better perspective on the comments Schenck offers… which are just as intense as Andrews.’
The feature “Andrews: Revenge or Justice?” focuses on 2 issues — her resignation and her concerns about 1 of several proposed amendments to the city charter. Councilmember Schenck addresses his comments on those, also… except we placed — in an altogether separate feature — his comments about the charter and Andrews’ allegations surrounding it. That second feature is also on the CMF Web site titled “Schenck: Housekeeping or Substance?” A link to it is also on our webpage.
Stephen Schenck is the only official to accept our invitation to comment on “Andrews: Revenge or Justice?” out of 5 we invited – Schenck, the mayor, the remaining two council members and the city attorney. No city leaders ever asked CMF for an opportunity to respond. In the Andrews’ interview, CMF made no claims or implications – those were all Andrews.
Bio & Extended Interview
Councilman, City of Oviedo
Stephen Schenck and Stephen McKenney Steck
Extended interview (27:13)
Useful links to issues addressed by Stephen Schenck
- “Andrews: Revenge or Justice” (9/9/2010 CMF podcast)
- Legal opinion regarding resignation from city attorney (PDF – 11 pages, 171kb)
- Ballot for November 2 general election (PDF- 3 pages, 139kb, Oviedo charter questions are on right side of page 1 and center bottom of page 3 – which addresses the question for charter section 3.07)
- Current Oviedo City Charter (PDF – 25 pages 1.2mb)
- Oviedo City Council Resolution # 2211-10 (PDF – 1page)
- Proposed changes to Oviedo City Charter as stated in Ordinance # 1493 of the City of Oviedo, adopted by Council on August 2, 2010 (PDF – 8 pages)
- Video from the August 2, 2010 City of Oviedo Council meeting whereat Ordinance #1493 was adopted.
(Note – the relevant portion of the meeting as regards Ordinance #1493 starts at approximately 34-minutes into the recording and continues until the ordinance is adopted at 42-minutes into the video. Note, also, the video starts in black for approximately 2-minutes, though audio can be heard through out)