Okay this is a good question for the Council.
Now we know there is a suit by Mr. Prueter. And the Council and the Town Attorney are contending Mr. Jones is a consultant. At the November 12th meeting, it was stated by Walter McKenzie that Mr. Jones will be the decision maker on who will be hired. A meeting was to have been set up.
Then Mr. Prueter went on his military drill. Most likely it may have been Mr. Jones who advised Mr. Prueter that he had to fight the fire near White Springs on November 16th. If it was Mr. Jones, the Florida Municipal Insurance Trust will NOT defend Mr. Jones, because he is a consultant and should have his own insurance. A General Liability policy includes Personal Injury and FMIT provides defense in addition to the limit of liability but only for employees and volunteers and NOT for consultants who again must have their own insurance.
Now FMIT, since the Town is being sued, will provide the Town Staff and Councilors defense and possibly defamation if there is an award, but FMIT can turn around and subrogate against Tommie Jones whose company Countyline Design Business Services has no insurance whatsoever. Tommie Jones as a consultant is not covered under the Town Policy. If he is considered an Employee Town Manager which the Town stated in their contract by not listing Consultant they may be able to bamboozle FMIT. But when they find all paperwork and checks to the contrary, well I think if Tommie Jones was the one who demanded Prueter to return to White Springs from his military drill, Mr. Jones is in a barrel of trouble….and don’t say we did not warn you all.
All you people needed to do was make him an employee, have him complete an application, get a background check which is necessary with his criminal past so that any acts he may have done may be construed negligence rather than intentional acts, and take a drug test. But no, if he was the one, the Town is in deep kimchi and poor Tommie is going down the rabbit hole of financial despair.
Lots of Luck on this one. Who in their right minds would tell a military man to return home to fight a fire when he was on drill and then fire him. By the way Countyline Design Business Services needs their own attorney because FMIT only defends the Town. Now do you understand why Joe and I have been fighting so hard to make you understand…,.that is unless you wanted intentionally to place Mr. Jones in financial despair over these decisions.