Chris Rodriguez has served on City Council for 12 consecutive years. He was in Ward 1 for six years, avoiding term limits. He ran mid-term and was elected to an at-large seat for four more years. Then at term's end, he ran for auditor and lost.

To the Editor:

Chris Rodriguez has served on City Council for 12 consecutive years. He was in Ward 1 for six years, avoiding term limits. He ran mid-term and was elected to an at-large seat for four more years. Then at term's end, he ran for auditor and lost.

Instead of sitting out for four years, as required by the charter, council appointed Rodriguez to another two years of an unfulfilled term vacated by Bob Bailey.

Rodriguez just ran for and was elected for another four years, for a total of 16 years through 2017 -- twice the eight-year limit.

The voters just reaffirmed term limits. If there is a loophole in the language of the law, it should not be used to ignore the will of the people.

Mr. Rodriguez should immediately resign. If he refuses, council should do its duty and remove him from office for willful violation of (the) charter. He has ignored both the spirit and the letter of the law. Meanwhile, if there is a loophole, council should take the legal steps necessary to close it rather than use it to stay in office beyond the eight years intended in the law.

Whether residents are for or against term limits, we should all condemn the distortion and manipulation of the law by certain council members.

Don't forget: We just voted to change the election cycle of the auditor's position at council's bidding. The mayor recently stated in ThisWeek Whitehall News that current auditor Dan Miller could seek re-election in 2015 ... could seek election in 2017 and again in 2021, each for a new four-year term.

In other words, there is the potential for Dan Miller to keep his job as auditor for a total of 14 consecutive years. I just wonder how far they plan to take this?

Jacquelyn K. Thompson

Whitehall