FRAMINGHAM – Text messages between the City of Framingham’s Mayor and its Chief Operating Officer (COO), indicate a serious divide between the executive and legislative branches of city government.
In one text between Mayor Yvonne Spicer and COO Thatcher Kezer III, the Mayor calls the City Councilors “assholes.”
“Some of them I swear are some of the most disgusting human beings I have met,” texted the Mayor to Kezer.
In another text, she complains about City Councilors Robert Case and Margareth Shepard, two Councilors who typically support the Spicer administration agenda. The Mayor texts they are “disappointments.”
Based on these text messages, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, by the news outlet, the City of Framingham government may be just as dysfunctional as its counterpart in Washington DC,
SOURCE has emailed the 11 City Councilors, the Mayor, and other City leaders on how the legislative and executive branches of the City government can work together for the people.
The news outlet will publish a report on Sunday with responses from City leaders on how they can put aside personal issues so the government works for its citizens.
Framingham has been a high-risk community for the Coronavirus for 9 consecutive weeks. Businesses are struggling. Taxpayers are struggling. And perhaps city government is struggling to work for its people.
Why did SOURCE request the text messages?
During the October 6 City Council meeting, Kezer said he was texting the Human Resources Director during the meeting. That night SOURCE requested the text messages by the COO and also text messages by the COO for a couple of meetings in September 2020.
Under a Freedom of Information Request, the City is supposed to respond within 10 business days.
The City asked for extended time to produce the text messages.
They arrived today, November 6 – one month later.
SOURCE received dozens of text messages via the FOIA request.
A few are published below. (The chief operating officer’s text are in blue.)
Editor’s Note: The Chief operating officer’s texts are in blue and the Mayor’s texts are in grey, as the news outlet requested the texts from the COO’s phone.