Saugatuck Township Manager Aaron Sheridan “Unethical”, “Unprofessional” & “Juvenile”, Say Saugatuck, Douglas & Fire Deparment Officials Over Secret Tape Recording Incident
In what Saugatuck, Douglas and Saugatuck Township Fire District officials are calling one of the most unprofessional, unethical and despicable actions ever perpetrated on them by a government official, Saugatuck Township Manager Aaron Sheridan secretly tape recorded a meeting of fellow government leaders Monday as they met to discuss the township’s controversial efforts to change the local fire codes and cost-recovery ordinances.
Not only did Sheridan secretly tape record the others, he reportedly tried to bait several of those attending to make or agree with disparaging remarks about him so he could later try to convince other township officials that he was being “picked on.”
During the meeting, several of those attending later said Sheridan either couldn’t answer or gave almost incomprehensible answers to specific questions about the fire codes and cost-recovery ordinances, why the township was trying to change them, etc.
An obviously perturbed and perplexed Douglas City Manager Bill LeFevere during the meeting at one point characterized Sheridan and his responses as simply “nuts.”
Sheridan then asked Fire Chief Greg Janik if he agreed with LeFevere’s contention that he was “nuts.” Janik told Sheridan to address his questions to LeFevere.
Sheridan later reportedly played the secret tape recording for fellow township officials. He has not responded publicly to explain why he made the secret recording.
Fire Chief Janik said Sheridan’s actions of secretly taping the officials “was just unethical” and “juvenile” and spoke to Sheridan’s lack of integrity.
Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier said he was “disgusted and insulted” by Sheridan’s actions to secretly tape record everyone without their knowledge and also his inability to answer even the simplest of questions about the fire codes along with Sheridan’s factually and provably inaccurate and false statements he made throughout the meeting.
In a related action, Saugatuck Township Supervisor Jon Phillips at Wednesday night’s township board meeting, announced he was going to call a special meeting to publicly discuss “disagreements” he was having with Sheridan in his role as township manager.
Phillips is expected to address the secret tape recording and other reportedly unprofessional actions by Sheridan and discuss whether he should keep his job.