MASON CITY – Matt Dodge, a Human Rights Commissioner, blasted Chairman Dean Genth Thursday for sending an email weeks ago that he didn’t like.
Mr. Dodge, also one of the city’s largest landlords and an insurance salesman, let Chairman Dean Genth have a piece of his mind at Thursday’s regular meeting of the Mason City Human Rights Commission, saying that en email sent by Genth in late June was “a burr underneath my saddle”.
Mr. Genth sent an email to other Human Rights Commissioners as well as other city hall officials in which he criticized them for not attending a rally in Mason City’s Central Park in celebration of a Supreme Court ruling that largely upheld the practice of allowing same sex marriages.
I am “extremely disappointed that we did not have attendance by Mason City’s Mayor, any City Council Members or any of the Human Rights Commissioners or any Friends of the Commission at the 7:00 p.m. Celebration,” Mr. Genth wrote. “A lot of voters with extended families were able to plainly see which elected officials really have a heart for civil rights of individuals in Mason City.”
Mr. Dodge later admitted he received an apology from Mr. Genth for sending the email and that he accepted the apology, but apparently he was still upset Thursday.
“You have apologized for it and I’m willing to accept your apology,” Mr. Dodge told Mr. Genth at Thursday’s meeting, before blasting Mr. Genth for sending the email.
“I take exception to that,” Mr. Dodge said. “That was not Dean Genth the individual, that was Dean Genth the Chairman of the Commission. I was attending a family function and I was chastised by you, via (city) staff that is paid by the taxpayers.”
Mr. Genth replied to Mr. Dodge, saying that the email was just “a memo” to the commissioners. “It was an expression by the chair of this Human Rights Commission in a landmark event, I was hopeful that someone would have come to the rally at the park that I was responsible for organizing. Why don’t we just move on?”
NorthIowaToday.com later received a copy of Mr. Genth’s email and a reply from Mayor Eric Bookmeyer, who in his reply also took aim at Mr. Genth. NIT published the entire email chain.