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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/16/2012 06:05:43 AM PST
Updated: 12/16/2012 05:23:08 PM PST

UPLAND – Mayor Ray Musser’s first action as mayor already has one council member questioning his decisions.

Musser was elected to the mayoral seat in November and made his appointments to city committees, which was approved by the council last week with the exception of Councilman Gino Filippi.

“First of all I think appointments bring forward a nuance of dictatorship and disrespect,” Filippi said. “I think that’s similar to what mayor accused the former mayor of doing.”

Filippi was opposed to Musser’s selection of Councilwoman Debbie Stone for mayor pro tem and his appointments to the Police and Fire Committee and the Upland Community Housing, Inc. Committee.

Filippi was taken off the Police and Fire Committee. Newly elected Councilman Glenn Bozar and Stone were selected.

Musser said he removed Filippi from the Police and Fire Committee in order to keep the city abiding by their ethics code.

In Filippi accepted a $2,000 campaign donation from the Upland Firefighters Association and soon after voted to approve their employment contract, which violated the city’s ethics ordinance.

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