Phil Conder has been on West Valley City's Planning Commission for a decade and now he's making his second attempt at winning a seat on the city council.
"I feel like someone needs to stand up and be a leader and take a leadership role in this issue and so I chose to run for city council,” said Conder.
Conder was appointed to the planning commission City Manager Wayne Pyle; the same man he now wants out of a job.
Conder said, "I think he's created a culture that allows protection especially in the police force and I think what that has done is eroded confidence in the police force from the general public."
Conder says the police force is like a battery to the car that drives the city, one node of the battery is the police chief, the other the city manager.
"I believe we have corroded nodes,” explained Conder. “We've replaced one node, the police chief, and now we need to replace the other node the negative node that has corrosion on it."
Wayne Pyle has been the City Manager for the past 11 years and five years before that he was the Assistant City Manager. Hired by the council, he's basically the CEO of the city; all departments, including the police department, report to him.
"I've always seated in that position at the pleasure of the city council,” explained Pyle. "Any time that a majority of the counsel feels like I’m not doing a good job then I should be gone, then they get to make that decision."
Pyle says Conder's call to have him replaced dates back to a personal manner in which police were called out to handle a custody dispute; Conder didn't like the result of the internal investigation into the matter and blamed Pyle.
Conder doesn't dispute Pyle's claim instead says it was just his personal example of how Pyle does business.
"I've been able to see first hand that police officers are protected if they bully, lie and if they apparently steal,” said Conder.