Steve Johnson: 'It appears that she's complaining about the fact that I'm an ethical and honest person'

Steve JohnsonIn her recent opinion piece, Gladstone Mayor Tammy Stempel accuses me of trying to get her husband terminated from his job with the Gladstone Fire Department. There is absolutely no truth to this wild accusation.

Since I'm a private citizen and not an elected official, her false accusation is likely slanderous, a legal concept that may need to be pursued further.

I didn't know before her opinion piece that she had attempted to file an ethics complaint against me, since I've never received a complaint of any kind from the Ethics Commission.

It appears that she's complaining about the fact that I'm an ethical and honest person. In which case, I would like to thank her for the compliment.

Many years ago, when I was a member of Tammy Stempel's Save Gladstone group and at meetings in her home, she often talked about recalling city councilors.

At the June 9, 2015 meeting of the City Council, in business from the audience, Tammy Stempel insinuated that she and others intended to recall then-Mayor Dominick Jacobellis and three duly-elected councilors.

Months later in January of 2016, Mayor Jacobellis suddenly resigned. In January of 2017, Councilor Kim Sieckmann and I were subjected to all the joys of being recalled by Tammy Stempel's associate Bill Osburn.

At the time, Bill Osburn was a very new resident in Gladstone and was upset about a parking ticket he had received; something that was a matter for the courts and not the City Council.

After the recalls, Kim Sieckmann filed a lawsuit against Bill Osburn and Greg Alexander. During the course of the legal proceedings, the "facts with proof" that Bill and Greg claimed to have became their "opinions."

Basically, they lied and had made up the whole thing. They told people that they collected signatures from that they had proof, when they knew they had none. Those lies convinced a small number of people to vote to recall Kim and me.

The truth is that Kim and I were both working hard for the people of Gladstone and in their interests on the City Council. The things that we were accused of doing were well beyond the scope of our individual authority on the Council and would have been impossible without the full knowledge and approval of the majority of the entire Council.

Bill Osburn and Greg Alexander both have extensive criminal records and little meaningful work history. Mayor Stempel is aware of these facts. Her endorsement of them is an attempt to stack the council with people like this, which is not good for Gladstone.

Being on the City Council is about caring for your city and representing the interests of the people.

Often these interests are about otherwise mundane things like street repair and water and sewer systems, important services that the city provides and the Council oversees.

Making sure that our police officers are properly trained and equipped and that our Police Department's operations are transparent are important, too.

I care about Gladstone. It's been my home for almost 30 years. After running a successful business for almost as long and before retirement, I'm eager to give back to the city I call home. That's why I'm running again for the Gladstone City Council.

On the council, I will work with and listen to the residents of Gladstone to govern the city like a responsible adult should and in your interests.

If you would like to discuss further or have suggestions about Gladstone, please feel free to contact me via my website — — or email and I'll be happy to discuss or stop by.

I also have yard signs available. Please let me know if you would like one.

I'm eager to put my experience and enthusiasm to work for you and to help make Gladstone an even better place to call home.

I humbly ask you to vote for Steve Johnson in the upcoming election. Thank you.

Steve Johnson of Gladstone can be emailed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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