Joe Griffin and I attended the probable cause hearing in Tallahassee on January 24, 2020. The complaints made by me especially were over two years old.
At the probable cause hearing, the Commission decides whether there is a probable cause to believe that the Respondent violated the Code of Ethics for Public Officers and Employees or committed some other breach of the public trust. The Commission also may decide whether a public hearing is warranted or whether some other manner of disposing the complaint would be more appropriate.
The decision is based upon the Report of investigation and the Advocate on behalf of the Commission recites the facts as the investigator provided after interviewing the Respondents, and comes to a conclusion for the commission to vote on.
This is what happened to the complaints, I , Karin, sent to the Commission.
In the case of Rhett Bullard making certain Andrew Greene was allowed to use the Fire SUV for his personal use, it was decided that there was no probable cause due to the fact that Rhett Bullard was not a Town Manager and had nothing to do with employees of the Town, since he was the Mayor.
In the case of Rhett Bullard not paying $300 for his water deposit, even though the Ordinance does not allow someone purchasing the home to transfer the water deposit along with the home purchase, it was stated that the Town frequently will waive the $300 deposit by reason that Rhett Bullard was leasing the home, even though the church was paying the water bill, and when the Church sold the home to him, they allowed the transfer. Pam Tomlinson stated to the investigator apparently, that since Rhett Bullard did not require a connection to the water, there was no reason to charge him and that there are many people in the same circumstances whose water is transferred with the home and they do not have to pay a deposit. Thus it is a practice in White Springs to not charge people if the property and the water/sewer are transferred and therefore no deposit needs to be paid.
The complaint against Pam Tomlinson, who did not attend, likewise was dropped for the same reason as finding no probable cause for Rhett Bullard. It is common practice to allow sellers to transfer water and sewer deposits to the buyer of a home. Furthermore it was stated Ms. Tomlinson received no benefit nor did she provide a benefit to others which many citizens have received.
This is what happened to the complaints Joe sent to the commission.
Again, regarding Andrew Greene using the Fire SUV for his personal use, it was determined from the investigation there was no probable cause with respect to Stacy Tebo who had apparently told the inspector that it was common practice for White Springs to allow employees to take their vehicles home. The inspector after the hearing advised Joe and I that Mr. Greene said he did not use the vehicle for personal use. He may have made two trips but since he lived in Lake City he drove back and forth to and from work only and was believed.
Now in the case of John Davis being asked to resign as a White Springs Police Officer after he resigned as the Code Enforcement Officer, It was found that in the case of Tonja Brown there was probable cause that she did violate the law but the case was dropped against her by reason that John Davis said he “did not care one way or another”. Now we know it must have been difficult for Davis and his family with his first new born financially but obviously Davis did not believe he had to fight against a corrupt town by just saying he did not care. Furthermore, Davis did not care apparently about the financial welfare of his family. Let’s face the facts here, if there would have been a case of Davis giving a damned about what happened to him or to others future and past, “Probable Cause” would have manifested against Tonja Brown, who many times has not known right from wrong but dictates what everyone should do. Not only would the commission have acted accordingly but it would have allowed any attorney to draw up papers to sue the Town of White Springs for retaliation on behalf of Davis, like in the case of Stacy Tebo and Ms. Hightower. Now in both those cases awards were received for $85,000 and $75,000 approximately, respectively. As such, Mr. Davis did no favors for himself, the Town or his family. Also the inspector forgot what Tonja told him.
And there apparently are differences in criminal hearings versus civil law. If there is something in writing, a person is bound by what is in writing, not what is practice, which cannot be proven, especially in White Springs. Apparently those who were interviewed lied their butts off and as a result from here on in, there should be no problem if the Citizens of White Springs in the future violate each and every ordinance. In other words there is a practice in the Town of White Springs that it doe not matter what an ordinance states or what the Charter States, only that in practice neither are followed. So if the officials do not have to follow ordinances or their friends, then apparently why should the Citizens even consider following the Charter or the ordinances. After all it is common practice to break the laws of the Town so I say to each of you, ignore letters by our Code Enforcement officer, they mean no more than the paper they are written on, which doesn’t mean much.
Liars in Town Hall win again. There is much to say about “You can’t fight Town hall”
Karin for the blog