The Times-Standard had a new story regarding the ongoing lawsuit brought by Carole Beaton against the City of Eureka, and Mayor Frank Jager. As Examiner readers will remember, the lawsuit was regarding religious “invocations” prior to City Council meetings, along with Mayor Jager’s use of City funds and facilities for Christian “Prayer Breakfasts”.
Earlier this year, Chief Andy Mills led a “devotional” at a prayer breakfast being held in the county. He did this while on city time, and cops from EPD were encouraged to attend, even if they were on duty. Attorney Peter Martin represents Beaton, and he is requesting the court allow him to question Chief Mills about the prayer breakfast. The highly intelligent City Attorney Cyndy Day-Wilson is fighting the request, arguing that Chief Mills prayer breakfast devotional has nothing to do with the current lawsuit against the City for religious activity on the taxpayers dime. The Examiner has one question: Huh?
According to the Times-Standard:
”One of the questions I want to ask him is if Mayor [Frank] Jager had anything to do with the prayer breakfast he conducted in 2014,” attorney Peter Martin told the judge. “This complaint is about prayer breakfasts. One was in 2012, one in 2013, and now we had one in 2014 that had some suspicious circumstances to it.”
Don’t worry, Day-Wilson has even better arguments. First off, she say’s that questioning the Chief about his on duty religious activity is a “Fishing Expedition”. She also says it’s a matter of money: ”You’re pulling a chief of police out of work to make a deposition,” Day-Wilson said. “That is an expense to the city.”
Got it. The City paying the Chief to practice religion is just fine. The City paying the Chief to participate in a legal proceeding, not okay. Keep up the good work Eureka!