Naperville councilman Fieseler made it official, well as official as a politician’s word can be; he said he is not running for re-election to the Naperville city council in next spring’s 2015 election. Much can happen between now and then, including a change of heart on his part by tomorrow. However if he truly does take his bat and ball and goes home, both he and the Watchdog will agree, it’s for the best.
Recently Fieseler has been supportive of Naperville residents when he voted against the electric rate increase, and he is one of the very few who have questioned the leadership and performance of city manager Doug Krieger. While the vast majority of the city council allow Krieger to skate free without being accountable for huge missteps in judgment and decision making, Fieseler has had no problem in calling him out.
Fieseler’s problem is that it was too little, too late. And the major speed bump that Fieseler couldn’t navigate was the not-so smart-grid and not-so-smart meter fiasco. He along with councilman Grant Wehrli lead the ill-advised charge forward which has and continues to cause all kinds of problems for Naperville residents and businesses.
It’s doubtful whether or not Fieseler could have been re-elected; smart money would say most likely not. With fewer perks for council members, and the realization of likely defeat, Fiesler knows that it’s time to go, and Watchdog agrees.
Another stumbling block that often times faced Fieseler is that even though he ‘had the right to remain silent’, he didn’t have the ability to do so. Numerous times during public forum, his interactions with residents were less than cordial. Rather than simply listening to the concerns of residents, he turned it into a wrestling match, determined to win a take-down.
Watch and listen as resident Jeff Anderson speaks during public forum regarding ‘council member compensation’
This is followed by Fieseler taking a couple of ‘shots’ at the Naperville resident…
and then Hinterlong taking issue with Fieseler.
Now watch and listen as Fieseler goes for the ‘take down’ of resident Kristin Jungles during the same topic and boils it down to a round of golf.
Yes, it’s time for Naperville councilman Bob Fieseler to go. Next year at this time, instead of Fieseler enjoying one-on-one combat with residents, we’ll probably find him at the Ultimate Fighting Competition in Naperville.