The only city official not jailed on felony charges is Councilman Joel Barajas, who has only been in office a few months but knows a rat when he sees one.
Barajas noticed the city attorney, a former Republican lobbyist who was down on his luck, was hired without applying for the job and was paid an $180,000 salary. City attorneys in neighboring cities of similar size were making about $18,000 a year.
Since the city was facing bankruptcy, Barajas tried to get the expensive city attorney contract nullified but other city leaders refused to show up to vote. Instead of city councilmen, concerned residents were greeted at public meetings by eight uniformed police officers who were told to not let things "get out of hand."
The indictment alleges city attorney William James Jonas funneled illegal payments to city leaders in exchange for his pricey public paycheck.
"The breadth of the corruption was startling,"
said FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs.
Unfortunately for the people who elected so many bad people, the FBI can't kick anyone out of office.
Voters, or potentially the governor, will have to do that.
It has been said people get the government they deserve.
Remember that the next time you don't vote.