Too busy! Craig has no time for accountabilityEDITORIAL
June 22. 2018 8:06AM
Mayor Joyce Craig sure has a packed schedule.
In fact, the Manchester mayor has been so busy this week that she has not had a second to answer questions about allegations of rape against two Manchester police officers.
Craig learned about the allegations no later than June 1, though the two officers were fired in February and April. Craig declined to inform the public. She didn’t inform aldermen as they were considering the nomination of Carlo Capano to succeed outgoing Chief Nick Willard.
The public did not find out until we published our story in the New Hampshire Sunday News.
On Tuesday, a member of the mayor’s staff said Craig was too busy for an interview about the two fired officers. She has talked to us about the practice of “Chief Days.”
Tuesday, Craig posed in front of a fire station with a giant check to thank Members First Credit Union for a donation to the Safe Station program. That same day, Craig met with librarians from Mongolia.
On Wednesday, Craig attended a picnic to mark World Refugee Day.
On Thursday, she was a guest on a local radio morning show, and visited the opening day of the Farmers’ Market.
Such ceremonial events are part of a mayor’s busy job. But so is taking responsibility for city government. Craig wants to avoid accountability for serious concerns about the Manchester Police Department. Her job requires more than photo ops.