Below is the text of a letter Mayor Martin Walsh is sending to city employees on Thursday about an agreement he signed with the US Olympic Committee:
First, I want to thank you all for your service to the residents, businesses and visitors of the City of Boston. I am so grateful for all the work you do everyday.
I also want to take a moment to reach out to each of you regarding news of the agreement that I signed with the United States Olympic Committee to put Boston forward as a potential Olympic host. The agreement contains boilerplate language that all cities have historically signed regarding city employees and their participation in the Olympic process.
I want to you to hear from me directly, I will not - and will never - limit your right to free speech.
All employees are welcome to share their opinions as we move forward and I hope that you will help the City of Boston in shaping its Olympic proposal. I want to emphasize that no employees will face any consequences for contributing their thoughts - positive or negative - and I look forward to hearing from all of you.
I encourage everyone to participate in the Olympic process and attend the citywide community discussions that I will be hosting over the next few months. The first community meeting will be on Tuesday, January 27th at 6:30 p.m. at Suffolk Law School. The following meetings are:
• February 24, 2015 at Condon School Cafeteria
• March 31, 2015 at Harvard Business School
• April 28, 2015 at Roxbury Community College
• May 19, 2015 at Cleveland Community Center
• June 30, 2015 at English High School
• July 28, 2015 at Mildred Ave School
• August 25, 2015 at Ohrenberger School Cafeteria
• September 29, 2015 at East Boston High School
• This is a very exciting opportunity for Boston that has the great potential to improve our City for many years to come. My office is available to answer any questions as we move forward, please reach out to John FitzGerald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh