April 11, 2020
Town Council, Town of White Springs
P. O. Drawer D
White Springs, Florida 32096
Enclosed please find my application to become Town Manager (employee) of the Town of White Springs. I am claiming a veteran’s preference for this application.
In my 22 years as a Town Resident, I have learned a lot about White Springs and its unwillingness to follow the law as written and codified. If I am selected for this position, I will ensure that all laws are strictly followed including the Town Charter.
White Springs has a host of problems, most revolving around “stretching” the law to outright violations of the law. I am an expert in Florida Statute 119 (Public Records Law), Florida Statute 286.011 (Florida’s Sunshine law), Florida Statute 112.313 (Ethics Laws for Florida public officers) , the Town Charter and the Town Personnel and Procedures Manual. I am well aware that the Town thinks I am a “Hot Head” and a Complainer, but I assure you that each of my complaints and notices of violations are steeped in Florida Law and Municipal Ordinances. I have no doubt that I can solve these problems in a short matter of time. In the military I learned the Code of
Ethics for Military Officers which is “I will not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those among us who do.”
I bring a varied and complete skill set to the position and to the problems of White Springs. I believe that most of the difficulties the Town has with me and with the laws, revolve around the Town Council and the Town’s professional staff purportedly not following the laws and ordinances as they are written. The theft of $150,000 of Town money by our former bookkeeper to assist Kenny Hutcherson is a case in point. The Council, by law, was totally responsible for this theft, caused by them, by not keeping their eye on the ball and trusting town staff with undue trust and a lack of oversight.
First and foremost I will bring to the Council’s knowledge based on violations of all State and Municipal Ordinances. Employees such as Ms. Tomlinson of the Tebo era will not happen in a Griffin era of Town’ Governance. The Council knew or should have known about the incompetence of both Ms. Tebo and Ms. Tomlinson. Lord knows I complained about them often enough and all of my complaints, all of them, fell on deaf ears of the Council. That will no longer happen if I am town manager. The Council will no longer be able to say “I didn’t know” because the Town Council will know everything which pertains to the operation of the Town of White Springs.
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Another area of the Town which requires immediate help is in the financial area. I bring as part of my skill set, a strong knowledge of monetary skills. I am the holder of a Master’s Level Certificate in Chartered Financial Consultant training. No more will the Council be in the dark about the financial condition of the Town. When a new project or an existing project comes in front of the Council, the Council will know how much money it has to spend on such a project or procedure.
A last area where the Town is hemorrhaging money is in the legal aspect. We are spending way too much money and taking up way too much of Attorney Logan’s time in having her do managerial tasks, like the rehash of the Town’s Employment Application, something which could have been handled by management or staff and approved by the Council. My skill set involves a large knowledge of the laws and of Grant Writing supervision of the Town’s Grant writers. Attorney Logan is a go-to-source of the Council for almost everything when the Town Manager should be that person, if he had the skill set. I have that skill set. I will seek Ms. Logan’s input when it is necessary or preferably, the Council will seek her opinion when necessary. While she is known as the Town attorney, she in reality is the Council’s attorney and directly responsible to the Council for all of her opinions which I believe currently are centered around the Town’s desires and which are not in conformance with the law. To my knowledge, Attorney Logan has no specific training as a Municipal Lawyer and is often skirting the legal issues presented to her. My legal training will assist the Town in following the law at far less of an expense than we are incurring today.
April 11, 2020
I will work whatever hours it takes to make certain that the Town Council is fully aware of the operation of the Town and as to the financial condition of the Town. If that means 40 to 60 hours a week, I will gladly work those hours at no additional cost to the Town. I will expect the Town to find me a used small pickup truck to aid me in the necessary performance and investigations of the Town. Bill Andrews was the first town manager when the Town went to a weak mayor form of government. We were in as much of a dilemma then as we are currently. He took less money because of his financial situation with the federal government and traded it for a town owned used pickup to assist him in moving about the town freely. The pickup truck will remain the property of the Town of White Springs, and be returned when I am no longer the Town Manager.
I will not need Town Insurance and I will work for $24,000 a year. I will accept a six month contract to prove my worth.
I thank you for your attention and I hope that you will seriously consider me for the position of Town Manager (employee) of the Town of White Springs. You have tried various town managers and none of them have worked out. I believe it is time you tried a town resident who has the skill set to do the job. Let’s make White Springs the most lawful and financially legally creative town in Florida. Let’s no longer be broke.
Thank you for your consideration.
Joe E. Griffin