Mayor Engen Apologizes Today For Attempting to Silence Missoula City Police Officer

by jhwygirl

Missoula Mayor John Engen apologized today in an email to all city employees…only, as Lizard points out, it was more likely born out of being caught than truly giving a shit about impinging on free speech.

And for evidence of that, I point to the last two paragraphs of Sunday’s Missoulian piece. It’s pretty clear that up until darn near press time, Engen was still justifying his position of trying to silence Officer Geoff Curtis:

On Friday, Engen termed Curtis “pretty passionate about his university. It was just one of those situations where it probably was not the most appropriate choice, given what his career choice is.”

While Engen said “there was an offer (to apologize) during a particular meeting. I don’t think we need to do it today.”

Later, he texted the Missoulian to say that “Curtis is a really good young officer and his was a minor mistake born of good intentions.”

Yeah. So he apologized. Only after what was probably a hundred phone calls and him trying to figure out how he could sit through the city council public meeting tonight.

A thanks to councilperson Adam Hertz for first bringing that letter to our attention. Mr. Hertz posted the entire contents of Mayor Engen’s comments here in this comment.

And once again I offer a super huge THANKS to reporter Gwen Florio and the Missoulian for the continued investigation into this sexual assault and rape scandal enveloping the City of Missoula, County Attorney Fred Van Valkenberg’s office and the University of Montana. And extra thanks to her for those last two paragraphs above. That’s attention to detail – and makes a difference even today, imo.


  1. Buzz Feedback

    The Mayor’s treatment of the officer is one thing. I’m more concerned about his willingness to quickly roll over and play dead for Engstrom, Foley, et. al. His responsibility is to the people of Missoula, not the administrators at the University.

  2. How about a little good news? Missoula makes Outside’s list of best biking cities:

    http://www.outsideonline.com/blog/outdoor-adventure/biking/top-10-outside-bike-towns.html

  3. petetalbot

    Thanks, Larry. Yeah, we could use a little good news around here these days.




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