Alderman Mike Shields and Mayor John Dickert had a word battle over the process used to hire Mark Eickhorst, a radio host and former Racine alderman, who became the city's new public information officer.
Eickhorst will work for the city through a $25,000 contract with Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce. The contract would run from Feb. 1 to Dec. 31.
As PIO for the city, Eickhorst will write press releases and market Racine to media within 100 miles of the city.
During a verbal exchange with Mayor John Dickert, Shields said he wanted to make sure the entire hiring process was open to the public.Bloggers have suggested that the Eickhorst appointment was a political favor by Dickert for Eickorst's radio support during the mayoral race. (return to home page)