Mayor Steve Bach says the chairman of his Transit Solutions Team lost his cool Monday when he told Councilwoman Brandy Williams that it was none of her business whether he used public transportation as part of his research.
But Bach defended businessman Robert Shonkwiler, saying that he was “very disappointed” in the treatment he received from some City Council members.
“Robert Shonkwiler is a volunteer citizen who has given substantially of his time and talents, among others, to try to help our city rethink , in this case, transit,” the mayor said in a statement.
“He is working towards fiscal sustainability for our transit system while concurrently delivering the best service we can. He is a volunteer from the community. He is not a politician,” Bach said.
“He was peppered with questions by councilors – and yes he lost his composure. However, I am very disappointed in how he was treated. I believe we need to have some deference for citizens who are doing their best to try and help,” Bach said.