On July 21 during the regularly scheduled Canyonville City Council meeting, one of the elected counselors, Buddy Kovachy, became so enraged with the testimony and comments of a local resident that Kovachy shoved his way through the crowd, into the parking lot, and needed to be physically restrained from doing bodily harm to the individual who had just provided public input on a Pioneer Day issue.
The city of Canyonville has always encouraged its residents to attend council meetings and provide input. Until now, we’ve always enjoyed this type of democracy and free speech. But going forward, how can we speak freely in front of the council, knowing that at any time, Kovachy may become unhinged and attempt another attack?
What kind of insurance liability has Kovachy become for the city of Canyonville? Does the city need to hire a sheriff’s deputy do attend all future council meetings, to prevent any further Kovachy-style parking lot justice? Can you imagine the criminal investigation and massive lawsuit the city might be dealing with right now if an assault had actually occurred during that meeting?
Canyonville Mayor Bob Deaton and City Council President Frank Braudt need to immediately suspend Buddy Kovachy from his duties as a councilman. The city should then require Kovachy, at his own expense, to complete an anger management course and provide a public apology to the residents of Canyonville before returning to the council. If the city does nothing to discipline Kovachy, then in essence, they’d be rewarding his bad behavior.