Snoozing Councilman

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Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 3:29pm

City councilman is caught sleeping on the job, quite a few times.

It's fair to say most of us have nodded off a time or two during work or during class. But one San Juan County Councilman is under fire for catching a few zzz's during public meetings. And there's evidence of his cat naps.

Ahhh, nothin like a little cat nap to re-charge the 'ol batteries. Unless you're a San Juan County Councilman, in the middle of a meeting and Jack Cory's got his camera.

Cory's been able to catch Councilman Howie Rosenfeld catchin' a few z's not just once, not twice, but over and over again.

Jack says "it really is inappropriate and frankly is somewhat insulting."

Cory covers county council for the Islander newspaper and thinks the pictures tell this story.

But Councilman Rosenfeld tells another story. He admits he's nodded off a time or two but, in his defense, says "it depends on how you define falling asleep."

Afterall, the meetings are long, all day in fact. And sometimes in those big comfy chairs. Councilman Rosenfeld says those chairs are very comfortable. When the lights are turned down, who can blame him?

Councilman Rosenfeld says "I'm not laying there snoring or anything it's just my head falls and jerks back up and I'm back."

It's not something he's proud of. But at 70 years old and a long-time public servant he's not exactly losing sleep over it. Councilman Rosenfeld says "I hope I make up for it in the rest of what I do."

While Rosenfeld's counting sheep, Jack Cory's counting on his pictures to be a wakeup call for a councilman and the taxpayers who support him.

Councilman Rosenfeld says he doesn't have a medical problem or a sleep disorder, just has a hard time staying awake during some of the meetings. Rosenfeld earns about $30,000 a year as a San Juan County councilman.
 

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