WHAT THE COUNCILORS HAVE DONE FOR THE TOWN IONCE MILLER WAS REMOVED FROM OFFICE AND SPENCER LOFTON WAS PLACED IN HER FORMER SEAT:
The council is no interest in pursuing LDR;regulations; no concern about appearances and safety including those which would be attractive nuisances to children.
No concern in following State Mandates for LDR’s and securing additional revenues from those who violate. They would rather tax you than follow the law.
Our CA neighbors contacted Stacy Tebo regarding the Sutey dwellings. Tebo advised the neighbor they would have to provide photos and addresses. It was not her job and she did not know the location the neighbor was talking about..
Joe Griffin’s complaint about non-compliance of MO98-01 caused Walter McKenzie to chastise Joe, stipulating Joe Griffin’s language caused him to have a hard time agreeing with him. However, it was decided the new budget may include someone to handle ordinances; that is unless all our money goes for legal bills.
The Town’s 2000 ordinance may not be illegal but it certainly is unethical. However, this is normal for a corrupt town such as White Springs. The Council in the November meeting had a review of 2000-08 but elected to retain the 10% charge on all utilities without a new purpose, or a sunset clause. In fact with Rhett Bullard as Mayor, this will probably not be reviewed again because the three (Bullard, Brown and Lofton) do not care what charges are made against the Citizens. This is probably because there is no limit on legal expense and the council, since the laws have not been followed, will probably have more suits than the Dr. Miller suit.
Ordinance 95-3 had the following provision:
“PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that after that certain loan in the original amount of $100,000, made by the Town of White Springs from First Federal Savings Bank of Florida, of Lake City Florida is paid in full that such tax shall not exceed the sum of $5.00 per month on each utility service”
In 1999, the amount that was to have been paid for all utilities AFTER THE LOAN WAS PAID was $7.50, but in 2000, without any purpose or a sunset clause of any kind, the Town charged 10% which may go on forever. Furthermore, the amount received for utilities was never stipulated in a line item on budgets nor on financials previously so that if a person did not review their bills but just paid them, we would have not known that this existed.
Even when we requested the ordinances we only received 95-3 and none of the other ordinances from 1996, 1999 and 2000 until Mrs. Woodard swore at us and they were again demanded from Town hall
WHY DOES THE COUNCIL HAVE THE RIGHT TO RETAIN THIS 10% UTILITY FEE WITHOUT EXPLAINING THE PURPOSE WITHIN THE DOCUMENT ITSELF OR AMENDING THE DOCUMENT. THERE IS NO SUNSET CLAUSE AND THERE IS NO SUGGESTION THAT THIS RATE NEEDS TO BE REVIEWED annually. THE STATUTE ALLOWS SUCH TAXATION IF IT IS REQUIRED TO COVER BUDGETARY ITEMS BUT SOMEONE NEEDS TO EXPLAIN IF WHAT WE ARE CHARGING PEOPLE FOR IS ONLY FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COUNCIL AND OUR TOWN MANAGER WHO USE UP SUCH FEES IN LEGAL COSTS BECAUSE THEY CANNOT FOLLOW THE LAW.
Here are four councilors who basically accepted the summary but did not revise the article as to a different purpose. I know if Dr. Miller would have been on the council, she would have at least questioned or requested a rewrite. What is the purpose of imposing this 10% Utility Fee on everyone in White Springs?.
In another ordinance:
There are no longer restrictions for animals so White Springs bring us your pigs, your goats, your cattle, your horses, your chickens and any other animal which you wish to keep. p.s. When Joe Griffin asked when we were going to enforce the LDR’s he was told by Mayor Bullard that it was not in Ms. Tebo’s report and that he was out of order.
These people have been voted in and do nothing to assist the citizens of White Springs but tax, tax and tax without a purpose; but we certainly can set aside $7,500 for Stacy Tebo’s attorney at the hearing but we cannot allow Helen Miller to spend $800 for the Beautiful Dreamer’s award during African American History Month. In fact Willie Jefferson scolded Helen Miller for the additional cost because he said White Springs did enough with African American History Month.
AN ORDINANCE PROMULGATING THE RATES TO BE CHARGED FOR USE OF MUNICIPAL WATER AND SEWER SERVICES, AND FOR CONNECTION TO SAID SYSTEMS; ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES FOR COLLECTION OF PAYMENT FOR MUNICIPAL WATER AND SEWER SERVICES; PROMULGATING REQUIREMENTS FOR CONNECTION AND MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS; PROHIBITING FREE SERVICE; PROHIBITING PRIVATE POTABLE WELLS; AMENDING RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE COLLECTION RATE; PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
The Town shall have a lien on such lot or parcel of land for such cost, which lien shall be of equal dignity with the lien of state and county and municipal taxes. Such lien may be foreclosed by the Town in the same manner provided by the laws of Florida for the foreclosure of mortgages upon real estate.
- Beginning with effective date of this Ordinance,
any person or entity desiring to connect to the water system of the Town of White Springs for a residential location shall pay to the Town before such connection, a connection fee in the amount of $750 if the connection sought to be made is made inside no new water account shall be opened nor Municipal water be made available to any person seeking to have Municipal water turned on to his premises until said person or entity shall first deposit, against future billings the sum of $300.00. In the territorial boundaries of the Town of White Springs, Florida.
I n the event that any customer becomes two (2) months delinquent, the Town shall apply the customer’s deposit to the customer’s delinquent bill. Further, in the event the customer’s water is turned off for failure to timely pay an outstanding water bill, or for any other lawful reason, the customer shall pay any applicable reconnect fees and a new $300.00 deposit.
Beginning with effective date of this Ordinance, any person or entity who transfers to a different location within the Town of White Springs, Florida, shall pay a transfer fee of $20.00 together with any other applicable fees or charges. ONLY IF AN INDIVIDUAL TRANSFERS TO ANOTHER LOCATION IS THE DEPOSIT NOT DUE. YET IN THE CASE OF RHETT BULLARD WHO PURCHASED HIS HOME FROM THE METHODIST CHURCH, HE STATED HE DID NOT HAVE TO PAY THE $300 DEPOSIT BECAUSE IT WAS INCLUDED IN THE PROPERTY SALES AGREEMENT. YET THAT IS NOT WHAT THIS ORDINANCE STATES, SO OBVIOUSLY RHETT HAS UTILIZED HIS POSITION AS MAYOR TO NOT HAVE TO PAY A DEPOSIT. ALTHOUGH THE TOWN REFERS TO A “DEPOSIT” THEY MAY AS WELL CALL IT A FEE BECAUSE THE DEPOSIT IS NEVER RETURNED.
PENALTIES. Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this Ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof for each offense, be subject to a fine not to exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment for not to exceed sixty (7-) days, or both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the appropriate Court of competent jurisdiction. Beginning with effective date of this Ordinance, any person or entity desiring to connect to the sewer system of the Town of White Springs shall pay to the Town before such connection, a connection fee in the amount of $1,250.00.
After the effective date of this ordinance, no new water account shall be opened nor Municipal water be made available to any person seeking to have Municipal water turned on to his premises until said person or entity shall first deposit, against future billings the sum of $300.00.
In the event that any customer becomes two (2) months delinquent, the Town shall apply the customer’s deposit to the customer’s delinquent bill. Further, in the event the customer’s water is turned off for failure to timely pay an outstanding water bill, or for any other lawful reason, the customer shall pay any applicable reconnect fees and a new $300.00 deposit. PASSED AND ADOPTED upon SECOND and FINAL READING this 13th day of October 2015. ATTEST: Signed: Pam Tomlinson, Town Clerk
SIGNED: MAYOR: Rhett Bullard
GENERAL COUNCIL INFORMATION with the GANG OF THREE OFFICIATING
Willie Jefferson (Now Spencer Lofton) and Tonja Brown will vote with Rhett Bullard, whether or not they understand what is being voted on. This is what is known as the “Power of Three”
Tonja Brown has become our Town Manager’s best friend and goes with her wherever Tebo goes.
The Town of White Springs is run by fear; only non-competent and uneducated–nonintellectual people are kept as employees or councilors. They appreciate “yes” people and will hire administrative assistants who are African American as long as they say “yes.” They cannot allow someone who actually performs and asks questions.
Those Whites who have run White Springs notably are deceitful, non-transparent and have no respect or regard for the citizens of White Springs. Yet with Tonja Brown, Willie Jefferson formerly and Spencer Lofton currently, we have found that following Stacy Tebo and Rhett Bullard, the situation is becoming worse with no transparency nor any respect for White or Black citizens.
Rhett Bullard has allowed Ms. Tebo to take off all the time she wishes which is Friday Afternoon until Tuesday Morning to handle her suit against DeBary and go to her home in Orange City.
Rhett Bullard will spend money relating to securing a table at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet where no money was allocated in the budget, but it is okay for Mayor Bullard to spend money on things he wishes to do but let Helen Miller do something that has been done yearly, and she is persecuted (i.e. Beautiful Dreamer Banquet)
It appears Rhett as an attorney is insecure as is Ms. Tebo Yet calling out others and damaging their reputations she is good at as can be seen currently in what she is doing to former Mayor Miller.
Joe Griffin wrote to both the Ethics Commission as well as the Florida Bar about Rhett Bullard’s handling of various matters. This was the answer from both and since there is the power of three, no one at the Town of White Springs would address the issue. Rhett commented that everything was dropped, which it was not from the Commission or FL Bar’s perspective.
Both stated….Moreover, even assuming in argument that the complaint indicates possible violation of Section 112.313(6), Florida Statutes, nevertheless, under the Rudd Amendment, we find that the public interest would not be served by our proceeding further. We decline to proceed further because the allegations of the complaint concern internal managerial employment issues of the Town better suited to be addressed by the Town Councilor forums other than the Commission on Ethics.
he only internal control the Town of White Springs has to my knowledge is the fact that the Town Manager is allowed to issue a check for up to $2,500; thereafter, as is in the case of DOT requiring $14,000 for the lighting and water repairs, Ms. Tebo requested she be authorized to make a check by addressing the council. Yet she paid Kenny Hutcherson for Two years when he was unable to work which stretched the meaning of asking the council for payments in excess of $2,500 because his total was probably around $150,000, but paid in smaller increments every two weeks.
Although the Town after payment is to be reimbursed by the contractor for some $11,000 (details are not final yet) Mayor Bullard thought he could pay the net amount rather than the full amount of some $14,000 instead of being reimbursed. Obviously no one read the contract.
Rhett Bullard Thanked Ms. Tebo for her hard work but the lights grant has been in the mix for years and Ms. Tebo really did not have anything to do with it. It was former Mayor and Councilor Miller who worked to secure the Grant. The only thing Stacy Tebo did was to assure that there was no lighting or that the lights were not stretched across 41 so that the Black Section remains dark with no pedestrian crosswalks.
The Carver School could be renovated since it is on the State’s list of Historic Buildings. When Willie Jefferson decided upon the demolition of the school without telling anyone, the Town Manager advised the Town could do what they want because they own the building. Yet, is it not the citizens of White Springs who make up the Town and are the owners of said building?
The Town Manager’s contract requires not only a five day week but attendance at meetings and to be available on weekends if there is a problem. I hope the people finally understand that this was not Helen Miller’s doing but rather our Town Manager and Rhett Bullard for not handling business appropriately nor in a fiduciary maner as is required to protect the citizens.
Rhett Bullard’s actions cost taxpayers of White Springs; thousands of dollars which I consider Theft because he solely, making up excuses for her and without adhering to the contract, allowed the Town Manager to take numerous days off. One day a week equates to $11,000 a year.
Backed up by Brown and Jefferson. Mayor Bullard doesn’t care if decisions are made in the darkness. The two remaining councilors are left in the dark but fortunately the Town Manager must require council approval for payments in excess of $2,500 = the only internal control..
· Relative to the Griffin complaints Bullard told Griffin he needed evidence, even though each complaint included the appropriate laws which applied.
We explained that we asked for Ms. Rodriquenz’s medical release but never received any such documents except a smart remark by Ms. Rodriquenz that she could walk. She states she works 40 hours but the Charter only discusses that someone full-time needs to work five days.
The Town was paying for fuel for Police Chief Tracy Rodriquenz and Town Manager Tebo, since they do not live in White Springs. Rhett Bullard found no problem with handling Ms. Rodriquenz’s fuel bill of which she supposedly paid for her personal usage
After Tracy Rodriquenz’s accident she would have had 144 hours per year or 18 days paid of sick leave in a year and we know that she was paid the entire time and then only worked in the office upon her return.
You will recall that originally Rhett Bullard desired a new Town Truck for Andrew Greene for which he was willing to pay fuel costs to and from Gainesville, where Greene’s fiancé (now wife) lived. Helen Miller vetoed this purchase because we did not need to pay for the cost of a new truck since most towns purchase such vehicles from an auction or other means. Yes Rhett Bullard was in favor of paying for Andrew Greene’s fuel since Mr. Greene may have to come back to White Springs during the weekends Although this was in the past, it certainly shows how lenient Rhett if with other people’s money when it comes to his friends.
Tonja Brown that bastion of municipal knowledge, believes the Town Charter was written by some “white folks” and shoved down the town’s throat. The voters in the town rejected the charter on at least one occasion and perhaps two. Joe McKire is a lot of things but is not a “White Folk” but Tonja doesn’t know this..
Tom Moore as a representative of the special events committee, made a formal complaint regarding our Town Manager using the funds which have been budgeted for the Special Events committee without advising the committee. Mr. Moore explained that the Special Events Committee is an extension of the town council and that they need to be advised. So much for the Tebo Bullard team who complain about Helen Miller handling projects we have handled for years without a requisition….yet it is okay for our Town Manager Tebo to decide about things without council approval or notifying the special events committee in advance.
Rhett Bullard apparently got elected on some panel for the Florida League of Cities (apparently jealous of Helen Miller who was beloved by the League and who won a prestigious award). Walter McKenzie, during the time he was Vice Mayor was asked and voted upon to attend the Meeting Tonja Brown made it clear that she was intending to go so Walter McKenzie excused himself stating there was no need for three people to attend. Knowing how well McKenzie represents White Springs, Rhett Bullard then agreed that he would attend with Tonja Brown but it appeared that McKenzie’s recusal got Bullard so shook up that he barely could remember Brown’s name.
Tonja Brown is opposed to open debate, opposed to public input and is so mentally challenged that she is incapable of operating in good faith. She votes as Rhett wants her to vote. She has never said “NO” to Rhett, she always votes with him. That is where her lack of favor of her voting record comes in. She is not fair in her dealings with the public. She is opposed to citizens participating in public meetings.
CITIZENS ARE NO LONGER FIRST; TEBO IS FIRST BECAUSE THREE MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL HAVE ALLOWED HER TO DO SO..WE WARNED YOU AND YOU DIDN’T LISTEN AND NOW YOU AND YOUR VOTES MEAN NOTHING. IF YOU DON’T VOTE FOR THE THREE, BULLARD, BROWN AND JEFFERSON, YOUR VOTES WILL BE CHANGED BY STAFF. AND THEN YOU CHOSE ANOTHER IN SPENCER LOFTON WHO IS SO MENTALLY CHALLENGED HE DOESN’T EVEN REALIZE THAT HE IS MAKING A FOOL OF HIMSELF WHILE TAKING AWAY THE RIGHTS OF THE CITIZENS AND BRING UP PROJECTS WHICH ARE PIE IN THE SKY AND WE CAN’T AFFORD.
Pam wants to charge Joe Griffin over $800 to look at the Rivers’ transcripts. Is that fair, not according to the quote above from the Government in the Sunshine Manual. I can look all I want free of charge except for the time of the town admin assistant to make sure any records are not destroyed. As was the case Attorney Larkin e-mailed the transcripts to Joe Griffin for free (Pam wished to redact information)
Willie Jefferson is guilty of Misfeasance, the wrongful exercise of lawful authority, He decides issues before the council not on merit or suitability but only on the way Mayor Rhett Bullard wants. In over 600 votes taken since Rhett became Mayor Willie has voted as Rhett chose in EVERY Case. Willie has never voted opposite Rhett.
Willie refuses to have open debate, to hear public testimony and to act in good faith. Willie is incompetent when it comes to having the public’s needs at heart. And finally he neglected his duties to his primary voting block, the Black citizens of White Springs. In four years on the council he has failed to do any good for Blacks in the town of White Springs. He is opposed to Open Government and that the citizens should have access to public documents. He operates in Bad Faith We finally have received the Grant for the new Community Center at the Carver School location of $600,000 but after deducting the demolition of the Carver School estimated of in excess of $150,000, Stacy Tebo has asked Senator Monford for some additional money I hear $400,000.
Ms. Tebo did not advertise for an attorney Darren Elkind to represent her but hired an attorney for whom she had a prior association while working in the Town of Sanford. Her Attorney fees for which the Gang protected her, against our Town Attorney’s advice cost the citizens of White Springs $13,000 at least, stolen from the LOFT revenue when the Council agreed to only $7,500.
Providing an attorney for Stacy Tebo, who railroaded a council person by listing that council person as rogue in the newspaper, IS NOT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.
[348 So.2d 1247] of the open public meetings law, Section 286.011, Florida Statutes (1975). The principal issues are whether the ordinance violates Article II, Section 5(c), Florida Constitution, and Chapter 145, Florida Statutes, limiting the compensation of state and county officers, or unlawfully authorizes the expenditure of public funds for a private purpose.
Ordinance 76-10 does not authorize an unlawful supplement to the compensation of county officers providedby Article II, Section 5(c) of the Constitution and Chapter 145, Florida Statutes (1975).
The legislature has authorized reimbursement of attorney fees incurred by law enforcement officers in successfully defending civil or criminal actions against them for conduct arising out of the performance of their duties
The closer question is whether ordinance 76-10, by authorizing payment of county funds for the commissioners’ defense of criminal charges arising under the open public meetings law, is invalid as expending public funds for a private purpose.
Section 286.011, that officials violating that law may properly be prosecuted, and that there is no public interest in defending guilty officials from prosecution.
Council members are to Debate openly on matters before the Council, hear public testimony and act in good faith; Decisions by the power of three are made in advance of meetings.
Council members are to Vote and decide issues legally, fairly and without favor;
Council members are to guarantee the public’s right to attend and participate in meetings of local legislative bodies.
- Rhett Bullard did not receive council approval to secure an outside attorney in the Rivers’ case, which Attorney Larkin was led to believe. We spent $15,000 for a complaint by an employee and because the staff is so afraid of being fired by Tebo who has mood swings because of her drug addiction, they lied in the Rivers’ testimony under oath.
And what is Rhett Bullard’s concern? He is afraid of Stacy Tebo suing the Town for which we are insured under the Florida League of Cities if she did elect to sue us. However, Rhett Bullard would rather treat a complaint as if it was a court case and utilize Taxpayers’ money. Yes discrimination could not be proved in the Rivers’ case against Stacy Tebo because of the lies under oath, but there certainly is a problem between drug abuse and poor management skills which causes unusual stress for employees at Town Hall.
In accordance with our charter,the Town Manager under Section 3.02 Powers and Duties, (h) is required to fully advise as to the financial condition and future needs of the Town by providing a financial and budget progress report at each regular Council meeting. This has not been done by Ms. Tebo. Furthermore her voice is so soft that one can hear only half of what she states and I am certain that is done on purpose
When is the last time that Stacy Tebo ever followed the charter by explaining where we were within the budget, what we spent and what was under or over budget?
It still is amazing that there finally is line item for the additional 10% taxed for all utilities, propane gas, electricity, telephones etc.; however, it is not broken down by type of utility or Company. Combined, it should generate $100,000 a year. Yet it appears this must be a fund hidden from the taxpayers and probably used for the benefit of the officials (some of the officials and town manager.) If Jim Smith would not have complained about his $55 Electric Utility tax, many of us would have never looked at our bills.
The reason for our interest in what is happening in DeBary, is the fact that what Ms. Tebo has done to hurt many of those employed by her inabilities to perform is of interest. The reason being is that what she has done in DeBary is coming to haunt our small Town because she is abusing her authority in White Springs as she did in DeBary. I find it sad that her dependence on opioids is not understood by her because even her previous Town Manager in DeBary, Mr. Parrot, indicated that one day she just changed and no one could understand the reason why.
- Isn’t it interesting that when Miller provided information on Anita Rivers’ qualities, integrity and compassion for others, she was cut off by Mayor Bullard?
- Isn’t it interesting that our illustrious Mayor did not understand what would happen if he tried ousting Miller with a Guilty verdict before she had opportunity to claim innocence and the fact that the Council has set a precedent when okaying certain activities yearly?
- Isn’t it interesting that the Town does not have lighting for the area up to Sunrise on 41? Is it because it is an area with predominantly Black residents?
- Isn’t it interesting that the Town had to secure an attorney at $12,000 to provide a report saying discrimination was not applicable against Stacy Tebo in the River’s case when any prudent individual would read Rivers statements and know she was treated poorly? (Total case value $25,950)
- Isn’t it interesting that Tonja Brown and Willie Jefferson do nothing for their Black constituents? I would never expect them to assist a White person except Bullard; So obviously they care about no one but themselves and Bullard.
Also the Three, Bullard, Brown and Jefferson along with Stacy Tebo and her live in boyfriend from High Springs attended the recent Florida League of Cities function for which Walter McKenzie declined which the council okayed only two.. At least $1,500 was spent for this Brown vacation and you, the people are paying for it. What a joke; they need to point their fingers, not at Miller, but at themselves. What about a group of degenerate immoral people.
If you are a police officer, standing up for the law and retaining your license is far more important that doing what an unscrupulous mayor like Rhett and the Town Manager requires you to do. That is why we have lost many a good officer who could not wait until they found another job. The police officers are reined in by fear of losing their jobs.
· In going over the attorney’s summation of the complaint against Stacy Tebo by Anita Rivers, it is obvious Chief of Police Tracy Rodriquenz, will lie to protect her job. It doesn’t matter what oath she may have taken as a police officer, she will listen to the officials in power….now Rhett Bullard. It doesn’t matter if you have been a friend of Chief Tracy, she will throw you under the bus and be happy that it is you under the bus rather than her.
The Council is supposed to discuss matters and then make a decision at meetings; not in the darkness. Not anymore. Rhett offers an idea, Tonja so moves (puts the motion on the table) and Willie seconds it. All debate is now limited to the motion. Helen and Walter can’t say anything unless it pertains to the motion which Rhett gave as an idea and Tonja moved it as a motion and Willie seconded it. And it is perfectly legal according to Roberts Rules of Order.
Helen and Walter need to speak up BEFORE Rhett puts his idea out there. Tonight they saw this corruption and misuse of power in all of its glory. Miller and McKenzie couldn’t speak because there was a Motion on the Table. Their only hope is to get their points of discussion out there before Rhett “has his idea”.
Citizens complained that Stacy Tebo, town manager, did overstep her responsibilities of her position when she found and delivered a TIRATE against a council member. Nothing, repeat nothing, in the town charter, the rules and procedure manual, Robert’s Rules of Order or common sense says that she can openly CHASTIZE her boss, or a member of her boss, openly and in such a visible way as she on May 9th, 2017 and the Town Council meeting. She usurped the power and authority of the Council. This is one of the reasons she was terminated in Debary. This is exactly why she got fired in Debary, talking to individual members of the Council in public session.
Rather than placing in the full statute, below is an e-mail from Barbara Peterson of the First Amendment Foundation relating to 119’s (Currently the Town of WS states receipt of records within 30 days:) “There’s no time limit under Florida’s public records law. The city is required to provide you w/copies of the records requested w/in a “reasonable” period of time. The courts have defined “reasonable” as the time it takes to locate the records you’ve requested, review those records for exempt information, and provide a copy.”
From your previous emails, it seems you’ve requested attorney billing records, correct? Those are public records and there shouldn’t be a lot of exempt information contained in a billing record.
Since John Rhett Bullard has taken office as Mayor of White Springs and accepts Stacy Tebo to even run what the Council Members do,so the Law in White Springs is of little regard. Stacy Tebo has been given full reign and even a complaint by Joe relating to her actions against Helen Miller went unanswered and ignored, making Stacy the boss of each and every council member which is against the Charter.
Note Stacy Tebo’s micromanagement system: She receives a request through the Town’s e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org but forwards the e-mail to Pam Tomlinson under a Windstream account. I guess then there will be no public record if Pam Tomlinson writes to Joe as she has once “You Stupid Man”.
· WHY CAN’T THE TOWN FOLLOW LAWS? OH I FORGOT, STACY TEBO IS THE MANAGER AND THE LAST TIME I TOLD HER TO FOLLOW THE LAW, SHE SAID “YOU CAN’T TALK TO ME LIKE THAT” WITH TEARS IN HER EYES.. REALLY?
A wide-spread rumor in town is that a predominately model citizen with large political connections in town had his house broken into. A COMPUTER was taken in the robbery or theft according to the widespread rumor. Again, according to this rumor this political person had photographs of lewd and provocative acts wherein he was engaged in sexual acts with at least one minor. When the computer was located, again according to rumor, the lewd photographs or videos of the assault on a minor were seen by at least one officer of the White Springs Police Department. Instead of providing FDLE with the evidence Chief Rodriquenz returned the computer to the “model” citizen. Names of all those involved are known by many in town, especially in the African American community, but since they are all juveniles, we cannot publish the
· Tebo is paranoid that Joe Griffin is trolling her (and that is a laugh) and she is so paranoid, she had to have the blog placed on her computer before firing Rivers.
One doesn’t have to be a certified law enforcement officer to be our Chief of Police. It is true that to carry a gun that the Police Chief must be a certified law enforcement officer but carrying a gun is not a requirement of being our Chief of Police.
Tracy Rodriquenz has tampered with evidence of two crimes. The first being the computer issue and the second being Stacy’s drug habit and the missing pills.. We attempted to have an officer file a complaint with the State’s Attorney’s office, would be correct individual to file the complaint, but because the Town is run by fear, no report was taken.
Woody Woodard has his own concerns and wrote: “ Has anyone taken a tape measure and checked the distances between the new light poles and the nearest object? I suspect that the mower is to wide to be of any use in the lions portion of town. We already have a extra wide mower that is hard to use anywhere but the ball field, It is my opinion that a smaller mower would be in order. But what do I know?”
Why even have an attorney if you do not listen to his advice? Previously Koberlein stipulated Robert’s Rules of Order shall be utilized in accordance with the Charter; yet, Bullard and his two shadows only choose what parts of Robert’s Rules of Order that they actually wish to follow.
When Dr. Miller wished to further discuss the paperwork she handed out relating to opoid addiction, Mayor Bullard hit his gavel on the desk and said Dr. Miller was out of order because a motion had already been in place.to delay the meeting. When Dr. Miller asked when the meeting would take place, Mayor Bullard said “I’ll let you know”.
The under oath statements were included in the paperwork Dr. Miller provided. Stacy Tebo complained that Dr. Miller had no right to go into her personal medical history. Dr. Miller Stated that it was a matter of public record and that Joe Griffin received it from Attorney Larkin and then Joe e-mailed it to Dr. Miller. Tebo still objected and Dr. Miller reminded Ms. Tebo that Attorney Larkin advised her it was a public record at the time her statements under oath were taken. Attorney Larkin also advised Ms. Tebo that she could eliminate in advance statements she did not wish as a public record.
Rhett Bullard went into a Tizzy fit over the information; said he had not seen the statements (you would think he would have all information at his disposal, but one never knows where the truth lies). He asked Attorney Koberlein whether it actually was a public record and Attorney Koberlein affirmed that it was.
Some in the audience and Dr. Miller I believe said that a review of Stacy Tebo’s performance should be in thirty days but Bullard wanted his way even though Attorney Koberlein advised that by not having a contract in place, Ms. Tebo was an “At Will” employee. In other words instead of handling the matter in 30 days, Ms. Tebo would be an “at will”employee for three months. And as an “at will” employee, that means her position may be terminated at any time. Yet Rhett Bullard considered the three month period as being an extension of Ms. Tebo’s contract; however, that was his imagination only because Attorney Koberlein explained he would not extend the contract. Rhett Bullard should know that as a written contract, it cannot be extended verbally and if an attorney is unwilling because of predicated law, a contract may not be extended in writing.
Miller then addressed the fact that our personnel manual stipulates no employee may use drugs, alcohol, etc when at work. It was grounds for termination. Mayor Bullard asked Attorney Koberlein if Ms. Tebo’s contract could be extended for three months. Attorney Koberlein said he has never seen that happen and was reluctant to do so.
First there was the inquiry by Jim Smith as to why this meeting, which likewise was considered a hearing in part, was not posted. Stacy Tebo was asked and stated it was posted in two areas. Attorney Koberlein stated that the post should be on the door until the subsequent meeting. This was due to the fact that the meeting to be held the second Tuesday of the month was cancelled by reason of Hurricane Irma.
Joe Griffin provided the statute stating without due notice and without a copy of the budget on the website for citizens to review, the budget could not be discussed. We did not have two budget meetings and Stacy Tebo became defensive and blamed Dr. Miller for not requesting budget workshops. Attorney Koberlein stated it was usual to hold budget workshops but it was not illegal by law if there was no budget workshop. With Stacy Tebo contending notices were in place, Mayor Bullard dismissed complaints by Griffin, Miller and Smith.
Jim Smith stipulated that the citizens should have a say in the budget and have a chance to review it. This is in accordance also with the Statute provided by Joe Griffin. Rhett stated that this was just a temporary budget and not a preliminary budget. The definitions are thus: As adjectives the difference between temporaryand preliminary is that temporary is not permanent; existing only for a period or periods of time while preliminary is . The budget is due September 30th.
Tom Moore found errors in the addition of the budget and Ms. Tebo stipulated she just had the wrong wording and Mr. Moore said, whatever needs to be done needs to be corrected.
After Stacy Tebo blamed Helen Miller as the reason for not having a budget workshop, Karin Griffin stated that since one was a drug addict and the other three do not follow the law, no wonder the meeting was not scheduled to which Rhett Bullard chastised her and told her that she would be removed if there were any more comments
Neither Stacy nor Pam wanted a workshop but we got one anyway with sheer brute force. The Charter clearly states that TWO Council members may call a meeting at any time. Of course Stacy doesn’t want it because one of the items on the agenda is lowering her salary because she doesn’t have a contract due to her drug use. I want to thank Judge Scaff in Jasper and Fred Koberlein in Lake City for their sticking with the law. It’s been a long time coming.
Imagine a Town Manager not only being a drug addict but also not being willing to discuss town business with any caller. She has got to go along with Rhett, Tracy and Pam. Don’t forget the impromptu budget workshop this Thursday at 6:30 at town hall. That is if Stacy gets off her drugs long enough to allow such a meeting to happen.
Richard Marshall plead with the council to have something done about the shabby look of the town to the hurricane from months prior. The DOC has insufficient employees to supervise inmates and the mower we purchased has problems and is slow so we need a new mower.
Rhett’s primary reason for not terminating Tebo is because she might sue the Town. What does the town care? The Florida Municipal Insurance Trust insurance company will handle the defense if Tebo files a case. we’re covered. NO that excuse won’t fly you poor excuse for a leader. If she is a druggie and she admits to such, Town procedures say she must be terminated. Simple as that.
HOWEVER BECAUSE THE CASE AGAINST HELEN MILLER IS AN INTENTIONAL ACT NOT BROUGHT BY A THIRD PARTY THE TOWN OF WHITE SPRINGS HAS HAD TO HIRE DARREN ELKIND AS THEIR ATTORNEY IN RESPONSE TO HELEN MILLER’S LEGAL ACTION AGAINST THE TOWNOF WHITE SPRINGS.. THE GENERAL LIABILITY POLICY WILL NOT COVER A TWO PARTY CLAIM WHERE THERE APPEARS TO BE INTENTIONAL MALICIOUS ACTS ON THE PART OF THREE OFFICIALS OF THE TOWN AGAINST ANOTHER OFFICIAL.
Back to Tonja, who is now Stacy’s good friend, At trial and perhaps at the town hearing, Tonja’s words, her concerns about hiring a person who will sue us, will come back to haunt us and Rhett spoke real clear about that at last night’s Council meeting. He said “We can’t terminate her because she will sue us.” Good for her. I hope she gets fired and gets a big award out of the Town of White Springs.. Now as it stands instead of using money to assist the town it will all be spent in legal expenses to protect Stacy Tebo.
The Town Hall environment must have been terrible for Anita Rivers. Since she no longer works for White Springs, I see a new radiance and beauty emanating from Anita. Anita Rivers has always been beautiful and fashionable but each time I picked up paperwork or paid our utility bill you could see she was not her usual happy self. And how could she be happy? She had Pam Tomlinson who appeared to be nasty to her most of the time. You had Pam lying about Anita. You had Stacy Tebo who would not have the courtesy to allow Anita to excel by the lack of training or the ability to go up the ladder. One could not bother Stacy Tebo and there was no open door policy nor could an employee discuss problems of the day of which Stacy was responsible for. Instead, Stacy stayed in her office and e-mailed answers to everyone. She never showed an interest in her staff. If we ever required information, Stacy took no part in it but asked Tracy, Pam or Anita to handle the matter and most of the time Ms. Tebo had no idea how to handle matters herself.
IT WAS ESTABLISHED AT THE HEARING THAT THE TOWN DOES NOT READ THE CONTRACTS WHICH HAVE BEEN SIGNED BY RHETT BULLARD AS MAYOR AND PAM TOMLINSON TOWN CLERK FOR YEARS PRIOR and NOW. DR. MILLER DID NOT ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT…ALSO KNOWN AS A CONTRACT…AND THE TOWN WAS FULLY AWARE OF THE CONTRACT SINCE MS. TEBO WAS INVOLVED FROM DAY ONE. DR. MILLER WAS REQUESTED TO HANDLE THE PROGRAM AND DESIGNATED THE PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR. IN OTHER WORDS DR. MILLER DID NOT OBLIGATE THE TOWN; THE TOWN OBLIGATED ITSELF BY REASON THAT RHETT BULLARD SIGNED THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT ON MAY 11, 2016
·WHY WOULD RHETT BULLARD SIGN A CONTRACT ON BEHALF OF TOWS WITHOUT READING IT; THEN TRY TO BLAME DR. MILLER, WHEN HE WAS THE SIGNER OF THE CONTRACT.
Pam Tomlinson feels she has the right to mistreat people and will do so when her Town Manager is not around. Joe Griffin received the following response from Pam: “YOU stupid man…….You might want to reread the emails below which you responded back to me with your comments.
· Thank you again to all who attended the HURRICANE IRMA RECOVERY CELEBRATION which was held Saturday September 30th from Noon to 3:00 PM. Although the signs and brochures said the luncheon celebration was ‘brought to you by Volunteers of White Springs”, it was former Mayor and Council woman Dr. Helen Miller who orchestrated and provided the majority of the menu as well as the facilities for this event for you, the people of White Springs. Thank you to the Udell family for allowing the celebration to be held at the old Dollar General Store facility which will soon be operating as “BlackBay Seafood”
One of the four charges heard at the quasi-judicial hearing against Miller involved her asking if staff could move chairs from one building to another to host a dinner for the Suwannee River League of Cities, which Miller serves as the organization’s president.
Herron, Miller’s lawyer, called the charge “probably one of the most trivial charges in terms of trying to deprive the people of their representative on this board that is imaginable.”
NO ONE BROUGHT UP 3.02 POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE TOWN MANAGER (j) Provide staff support services for the Mayor and Council members.
We agree that it’s hard to imagine how making a request about moving tables and chairs can lead to someone losing their elected office.
IT WAS STATED THAT DR. MILLER DID ASK OUR CHIEF OF POLICE FOR SUGGESTED PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES. THIS IS A JUVENILE JUSTICE PROGRAM TOWS WAS ENTERING INTO AND OF COURSE, WHO BETTER THAN TO ASK A POLICE CHIEF HOW THEY COULD ASSIST AS PART OF TOWS? furthermore, THE DOJJ MADE SEVERAL REQUIREMENTS OF WHICH MS TEBO WAS COPIED ON. Since Ms. Tebo does very little as a Town Manager and locks herself in the office believing in her importance, she would never assist in securing the requirements of the DOJJ; but rather made Helen Miller the administrator of the program so that she could take Helen Miller down because “She does not like Helen Miller”.
You probably have been wondering, what has Joe been complaining about? The Council is a quasi -judicial body and is required to review any complaints and make a decision. To dismiss such complaints when each pertains to specific laws for which the officials have taken oath is illegal. Yet Rhett Bullard our current mayor feel he is above the law and has escaped discipline because of 3/2 votes so what the Ethics committee had to say and the FL Bar stating his handling should be reported to Ethics is merely mute. Rhett Bullard does as he wishes.
· Did Tebo or the three councilors read Section 3.02 (j) “Provide staff support services for the Mayor and Council Members ” per the charter? It’s Tebo’s job! Council Member Miller had agreed on behalf of the Town to host the Suwannee River League of Cities. It is getting bad when a Council Member cannot ask for the Town Manager to assign someone to assist with the tables. I wrote about this previously and the fact is that Dr. Miller was told the dinner could not be held because the chairs and tables would be necessary at the Veterans Park in the morning.
- Furthermore Ms Tebo was not asked to “host” the dinner. Each member of the Suwannee League of Cities, takes a turn in hosting a dinner. Obviously this is a weak charge against Dr. Miller
Willie Charles Jefferson, Jr. a.k.a. CJ,, the 20-year-old son of Council Member Willie Jefferson was violated on his parole for his fourth or fifth felony theft conviction in the last 18 months. The Lake City Police Department violated the young lad for violation of his “stay at home” probation, also called House Arrest. The Lake City Police Department violated CJ when they became aware CJ had violated his House Arrest. The LCPD went to the Columbia County Sheriff’s office and had a warrant issued for CJ’s arrest. Because of Willie Jefferson, Sr.’s pull because of his positions in law enforcement, CJ will never receive jail time but others will for less offences.
A parent’s every day behavior will shape the way in which a child will act. That includes going to bars and getting tipsy; as well as how one influences them unintentionally through their own actions and the manner in which they react with other adults.Parents are their children’s first teachers and the parents should provide children with the necessary survival skills for adulthood. This includes experiences and social interactions which your children are exposed to.
Public safety and protection of the environment is a primary goal; yet excuses are made that we do not have any money to enforce the Zoning Code even though it is Ms. Tebo’s responsibility and she can take every Monday off to be at her permanent residence in Orange City. Enforcement makes money and the Statutes require such.
Tonja Brown has stipulated that the Town does not have to listen to any Citizen Complaints made by Joe Griffin, demonstrating a pattern of beliefs and behavior which does not support democracy. Willie Jefferson verbally does not understand that the Town of White Springs must comply with the Town Charter and he and Ms. Brown, along with Rhett Bullard have dismissed all complaints as invalid even though Robert’s Rules of Order provide for the Redress of Grievances that appertain to law.
Mayor Rhett Bullard indicated we are a small Town and could pick and choose whether Robert’s Rules of Order may be implemented even though our Charter indicates such Rules of Order must be followed. Upon bring such to Mayor Bullard’s attention, he specified “You want us to admit that we are not following the law”. tHAT IS NOT WHAT OUR tOWN aTTORNEY EXPRESSED IN WRITING.
Rhett Bullard misuses his Public Position in bad faith and is guilty of malfeasance for not following or not requiring his employees to obey the Constitution and the Laws of the State of Florida.
Our Town charter states that a Manager need not be a resident of the Town or the State of Florida at the time of appointment and may reside outside of the Town while in office WITH APPROVAL OF THE COUNCIL. Tebo lives near a golf course in Lake City with her permanent residence in Orange City.which the council approved but without an amendment to the contract in writing.
By the council not approving Ms. Tebo may have every Monday off, she is in breach of her contract as well as the Town Charter. Yet, Mayor Bullard does not remedy this but rather makes such excuses that Ms. Tebo has had doctor’s appointments every Monday for over a year. Her absence by working only a four day week constitutes a violation in the Town Charter, and lack of fulfillment of her position as stipulated by contract. Mr. Bullard refuses to obey the Charter nor will he require the necessary votes to rectify this problem.
Attorney Koberlein has provided information as to how complaints should be handled along with information stipulating Robert’s Rules of Order must be utilized; Yet, Mayor Bullard and two other Council persons, Brown and Jefferson ignore what our attorney has provided. AS ANYONE WOULD AGREE, DR. MILLER REQUESTING OR ASKING FOR SOMETHING DOES NOT FALL IN ANY OF THE ABOVE. However Rhett Bullard not taking our Town Attorney’s Advice on a number of issues such as allowing Stacy Tebo up to $7,500 against Frederick Koberleins advice, is purely illegal and is definitely Malfeasance. Deciding on his own to secure without other councilors approval the spending of $25,950 in the Rivers case is either Misfeasance or Nonfeasance.
· Rhett has stipulated that instead of complaints Joe should sue him. No wonder a good attorney like Koberlein terminated his contract with us. Frederick Koberlein knows the law and has defended the Town no matter what they have done. But the Power of three do not wish to listen to anything which he has put in writing or stated verbally. At the September meeting I believe Attorney Koberlein had seen enough
I remember Rhett Bullard stating that Stacy is not an attorney, so she cannot read contracts. Furthermore, Pam Tomlinson who has worked with the Interlocal Agreement for years, does not read contracts. Apparently neither of the two have the ability to read and now since Rhett Bullard continually breaks the rules and cannot understand the law which former Town Attorney Koberlein places in writing and verbally I wonder how he passed the Florida Bar.
· Needless to say someone should read a contract before signing it and it is not that difficult. Insofar as the employees of the HOPE program, which will no longer exist without Dr. Miller, the contract is quite clear. By signing the contract TOWS is responsible for these employees. And if there is no further money, TOWS, by contract, has an obligation to pay such employees. You cannot just decline a payment request whether or not there is money left because by contract the HOPE employees are your employees and you have agreed under contract to pay them.
Contractual Law: Helen Miller did not sign the contract she was blamed for. The council, the finance director nor the Town Manager ever read the contract in question but it was signed by Rhett Bullard and Pam Tomlinson. If the Town did not wish to enter the contract, after reading it of course, then it should not have been signed.
No, it is not Dr. Miller who is an embarrassment, but rather the three councilors of White Springs who did not follow law or procedure and who obviously feel they can do anything they want. They obviously have not read the slippery slope and other comments made in the Jasper News.
Any attorney that gives advise which the power of three will not heed, will have a liability. Since the three have done so much damage already to the Taxpayers, and the disparaging comments they allowed Stacy Tebo to place in the paper about Dr. Miller, I sure as heck would not wish to be an attorney for this Town.
I further cannot understand how Rhett Bullard, as an attorney does not seem to comprehend what another attorney is telling him. He is probably fearful that all those in the office know what he has done per the evidence that has been withheld by our so called Chief of Police that he will retain Stacy Tebo at all costs. After all, he sure would not wish that to get out. He would rather take money from taxpayers to cover up what he has been doing and what his Town Manager and Chief have been doing.
Then we have to look at the fact that we have to hire a new attorney and we certainly do not have an idea about the amount per hour we will be charged? After the fiasco Joe and Karin Griffin went through, the ADA at that time has been fired from the State’s Attorney’s office and works in Mayo. What is interesting is that Karen Hatton has submitted her bid to be our Town Attorney. The problem is that she would need $500 per meeting (not $250) and her rate per hour is $100 more than what Attorney Koberlein was charging us or $250 per hour.
The Town sent out 30-40 invitations to Attorneys but alas we have had only one response. You can’t tell me that the reason for the lack of responses is something other than the manner in which we conduct business and the actual corruption of White Springs. Since the three clowns have done so much damage already to the Taxpayers, and the disparaging comments they allowed Stacy Tebo to place in the paper about Dr. Miller, I sure as heck would not wish to be an attorney for this Town.
Joe Griffin pointed out at the workshop that hiring the attorneys in the Rivers’ case was not made by council approval. Our illustrious head clown, Mayor Bullard quipped that it was not necessary because Attorney Koberlein chose the attorney. Joe nicely responded that Attorney Larkin, in a statement at the beginning of his summary stated that such an investigation was made based upon council approval. In other words, none of the council knew that this money was being spent, especially Miller and McKenzie. In fact this places Attorney Koberlein in a precarious position because, he had to have believed that the majority of the council voted for him to secure an attorney. It was an unknown liability to him and his firm by our Mayor’s bad practices.
C Drug Screening Applicants Employees will be required, prior to or subsequent to their employment to undergo drug screening urinalysis. White Springs is a Drug Free workplace. When Rhett Bullard called Stacy Tebo on the phone to hire her, he said “don’t take any drugs for a week or so” because you have to take a drug test. I thought that odd, but nevertheless, he must have known or was thinking about himself.
· Anyway as to our Finance Manager, any work or additional work that Pam Tomlinson incurs is Substantial only to her because not only is she uneducated but is purely lazy which is the case for most of the Staff who wish to be paid and do nothing. However, it would be only in her mind because a court would throw these complaints out;
I believe that with respect to our Town Manager’s admitted opioid drug abuse, she is overly sensitive to any one bothering her. She does not answer phones; she stays within a closed office; she e-mails only her employees; and neither a councilor outside of Bullard, Brown or Jefferson will receive an answer from Stacy Tebo. An overly sensitive person who is disturbed very easily would not be awarded damages for a nuisance that does not substantially interfere Asking once as Helen Miller did or as Karin once didis not “SUBSTANTIAL
· STACY’S PLAN Is to send one or two of the fire fighters to “Zoning” school to give us a qualified Zoning Inspector. But we’ve one already. We already spent the money, several years ago, to send Andrew Greene to Zoning School. He’s not too busy that he couldn’t spend 15 minutes a day doing the paper work of a Zoning Compliance Officer. But he is Stacy’s pet and what he wants, she will give him.
One other item about this subject. Florida Statute 34.01 (1) (b) allows Judge Scaff to be our Magistrate thereby saving even more dollars. All cases could be civil since the State’s Attorney doesn’t want to get into the criminal side of Zoning violations. But that would work. Minimal costs and guaranteed results
ANDREW – SIMPLE, WE PAY AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR $18,000 TO $20,000 PER YEAR TO MAINTAIN THE SEWER AND WATER SYSTEMS. LIVE OAK PAYS THEIR GUY $18,000 AND THEIR PLANT IS 5 OR 6 TIMES AS BIG AS OURS. ANDREW’S COST TO THE TOWN IS APPROXIMATELY $61,000 WITH BENEFITS AND INSURANCE. WE SAVE $40,000 BY DOING IT THIS WAY. $40,000 IS ABOUT WHAT WE ARE TAKING OUT OF THE ENTERPRISE ACCOUNT FOR THE GENERAL FUND. IT’S A PUSH.
· Provide a job to the unqualified drug addicts and weak in the brain department losers living outside of Town. Make sure that “riding the clock” becomes the town’s favorite sport.
Tebo is incompetent, self-serving and an all around bad choice to be a Town Manager for anybody. One quick example please. Last year out budget was 1.3 Million. This year it is 2.3 million. That’s $3066 dollars for each adult in town. Yet our sewer and water rates continue to be the highest in the area by 200%. I don’t know about you but I could use the extra $3000 for my living expenses.
· Remember the statement Rhett Bullard made to Joe Griffin regarding not following “Robert’s Rules of Order”? Bullard blatantly asked “You want us to admit that we are not following the law?”
· One must question WHY there is no money for the HOPE program budgeted yearly, but there is money for legal expense to protect those who do not follow the law? Why should we keep incurring and paying for legal expenses because an attorney and councilor cannot follow the law? But oh yes, Helen was receiving money from a benefactor in Michigan so the program would exist without Town or Citizen’s funds.
Do we need the money that bad? Well possibly because Maddie Moore asked if there was a cap or ceiling on what we spend for legal fees. Our Town Manager said there was $20,000 in the budget for legal fees and if they increase they will have to make adjustments in the budget. Maddie questioned where and if there was a ceiling, and Ms. Tebo just kept saying that adjustments or a budget amendment would be made by her.
Rhett Bullard stated that our Sewer and Water Rates will remain because they assist with our sewer infrastructure. I do not believe the town has done anything relative to the sewer and water pipes. Even if we hire someone to replace Kenny Hutcherson, the Town cannot repair the sewer pipes itself because they are not a sewer and water contractor and the exposure would be to great to include under the Town’s general liability policy
· Unlike the days when Attorney Kennon stated “you have no right to question the council”; today’s motto is that “You have no right to ask the staff or Town Manager for anything” even though the Councilors technically are the elected officials of the community who were voted to serve the citizens; Whereas Staff and the Town Manager are hired by the council.
For 2018 the Council would like to fix the gym which would cost around $300,000. The Gym does not have enough anchors or steel and as it stands it cannot be used as a storm shelter. But the Kindergarten building could be used.
There was also a secondary request and that was for the Bell Tower at Stephen Foster. Walter McKenzie said this was the last tower built by the contractor and there are few in the country. That would be at a cost of $300,000. It was stated that if Stephen Foster also requests a grant for the Bell Tower and we also request the grant then surely the money would be provided for the Bell Tower
Last year the Governor vetoed the $200,000 which was approved over the $600,000 desired. Willie Jefferson still wishes a community center at the Carver School site.
Hamilton County is remodeling the voting booth to facilitate a physician’s office. This project should be done in sixty (60) days.
It was mentioned at the November 14th meeting our Halloween Haunted House was successful. It was stated there were 564 visitors who enjoyed the event.
We’ve the ordinances and have had them since 1998. We’ve go two certified Code Inspectors, Andrew and John Davis (Police Officer who arrested CJ Jefferson). We’ve the Magistrate, Judge Scaff, the County Judge. He is required to adjudicate municipal ordinances according to his own statement and Florida Statute 34.01. What’s the problem with cleaning up the ordinances?
Tonja feels there needs to be an amendment to the Charter. As the Charter Stands anyone who forfeits their seat may run as a candidate in the NEXT election. Tonja felt this has been an embarrassment and that there should be punishment. She mentioned that Dr. Miller should not be permitted to run for a public office. She suggested that if anyone’s seat is forfeited, there should be a three year waiting period until the person may again run for office. She said the manner in which the charter does not state anything as punishment if wrong and there should be punishment.
Tonja Brown and John Rhett Bullard can read the charter until they are blue in the face but the Charter is not the only law which the officials must abide by. There are statutes which apply in not only the Florida Constitution but in the U.S. Constitution. That is why real attorneys are required to dig through the actual facets of the law and for a jury and judge to come to some conclusion.
In the world of the Third Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida I have heard Attorney’s talking about too many attorneys for the number of clients available. That’s WHY it is so surprising that when we, as a town, advertised for attorneys to be our town attorney no one, nary a one applied. Can it be that the problems of White Springs following the law and the ordinances has permeated the local judicial grape-vine and no one wants to take on a basket case that is White Springs. Even the marginally effective attorneys in the local area didn’t apply except for Karen Hatton who was terminated from the State’s attorney’s office..
PCS was kind enough to provide $10,000 to the Town for improving the Veteran’s park. Our thanks to PCS.
We will be paying the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department $5,000 each year in November with the council approving Stacy Tebo to provide the first $5,000 of the total $15,000 due.
At last night’s council meeting something truly miraculous happened, Tonja Brown, that deep thinker on the Council, actually spoke about the Charter. Let’s review the bidding. She has been on the Council for 10 years or so. Yet two months ago and last month the idiot said, I kid you not, “Why do we have to abide by the Charter.” she now, not Ten Years ago but NOW. reads the Charter every night before she goes to sleep.
The Charter doesn’t allow or call of any “punishment” or retribution as Tonja alluded to last night. She must fall asleep real quickly since she doesn’t know yet how the Charter is amended. She’s truly an idiot thinking you can make the Charter retroactively say something that it does not now say. Tonja
Willie Jefferson didn’t know what the Charter was and Dr. Miller had to explain it to him a couple of months ago and I was a witness. Walter McKenzie suggested a committee to go over the charter to make changes. i bET aRTHUR nATTEAL HAS NEVER READ THE cHARTER MUCH LESS ANY LAWS. I BELIEVE SUCH WOULD BE DIFFICULT FOR HIM TO COMPREHEND.
MAY DAY EVENT:
When Rhett Bullard does not have clear cut answers, he makes them up. e. The Town did not secure Special Events coverage for the May Day Event. Rhett stated it was not necessary because it was covered under the Town’s GL. Karin Griffin corrected him and explained why it did not cover the event and Rhett finally said, “We couldn’t afford it”…Yet they can afford legal expenses and would prefer placing Officers from High Springs with dogs and barriers to handle the May Day Celebration.
Tonja Brown denied that she instilled her ideas to the May Day Board as a Council person and Vice Mayor.
Rhett denied that it was important and stated the Town has qualified immunity and eminent domain. Yet in certain cases, such qualified immunity does not apply amd that is why the State limits liability to $200,000 per person.
A petition was signed by individuals in the Town relating to the May Day festival and although Walter McKenzie stated various times during the meeting that the Town needed to respond, Mayor Bullard was not conducive to responding to the petition.
For instance, Rhett Bullard gave a song and dance about not being able to afford insurance for the May Day event. He, however, can come up with taxpayers money to provide Stacy Tebo with an attorney up to $7,500. The Special events policy may have cost approximately $1,200 and perhaps the event would not have been over policed, taking away from a festive event.
HOW TOWN HALL IS RUN AND INEFFICIENCIES IN FUNDS:
They retain Pam Tomlinson as their Finance Director and Town Clerk and are uncertain whether she even has a GED; except she is aware of all of the Town secrets and as a result cannot be fired.
I still blame Pam Tomlinson for all the problems relating to Money issues at the town, previous to Stacy Tebo coming on board. Tomlinson has mixed grant moneys with other general funds and prior Town Managers AND our current manager have not kept the council apprised, of the money spent or not spent on a monthly basis WHICH IS PART OF THE TOWN MANAGER JOB DESCRIPTION..
The town forever will retain the Pam Tomlinson – Shirley Heath duo. Every time we need someone for a “while” we hire Shirley, forgetting that it was her ineptitude which is partly responsible for the mess we are in presently.
Tomlinson called to inform him that he was disqualified that Rivers stated “I hate a fucking liar”. (By the way, Pam Tomlinson reviewed Marshall’s paperwork and advised him he qualified before contacting him that a date was missing on one of the sheets. Richard could have had an hour to get the person to place a date on but no, Pam didn’t notice then but certainly found a way to keep Bullard, Jefferson and Brown together by ousting Marshall. I still believe Tom Moore had more votes than Tonja Brown but Stacy and Pam were at the Polling Station MAKING CERTAIN RHETT AND TONJA WON). I actually saw them when I entered; Rhett turned Red and Stacy and Pam were in a huddle doing what I do not know.
The Town continually retains our Town Manager even though Ms. Tebo hopes to get her job back in DeBary (lawsuit) and continually seeks employment. She states she prefers being a town clerk to being a town manager and is lonesome.
The loser of the night in my opinion was Rhett Bullard who had not expected the support of citizens for Dr. Helen Miller at the June 13thmeeting. The Winner was former Vice Mayor Walter McKenzie. Mr. McKenzie gave a wonderful speech on Dr. Miller’s love of children and her many attributes which were a result of her thinking big for a better community.
The power of three including our Town Manager made the decision to demolish the Carver School and build a community center on the site. They alone decided that the Citizens did not need to see the advertisements or public notices about these decisions so that they were placed in the Gainesville Sun and Lake City reporter respectively.
One similarity between Stacy and Pam, however, is how slowly they plod away at their work while micromanaging others. It’s a wonder anything ever gets done at Taxpayers’ expense.
As background leading up to Rivers’ instant complaint, Tebo theorizes that Rivers created it as a diversion to cover up her incompetency. Tebo brought up the two audits, a financial audit and an FDLE audit. Per Tebo, these two audits revealed several ares of non-compliance. With respect to Rivers, the financial audit revealed that the Town has been overbilling its sewer customers for 17 months and underbilling its commercial garbage customers for a lesser period of time (THAT IS NOT WHAT WE HEARD. WE HEARD THAT THE TOWN CHARGED FOR MORE WATER THAN WHAT WAS USED).
Per Tebo’s under oath statements: When this was discovered, Tebo asked Rivers about these issues and Rivers became very defensive and claimed she had never been trained on how to change these rates. Tebo contends that Rivers’ claim is false because she recalls Rivers and Tomlinson having a similar argument in April 2016 over the garbage rates. Tebo also discovered that on April 6, 2016 Rivers changed the residential rates for garbage. Tebo believes Rivers’ excuse that she was not provided training to change the rates is false. Tebo claims that she was going to discipline Rivers for not making the sewer and garbage rate changes, but she filed the instant complaint deflecting her deficiencies before she could do so
The attorney stated “To be actionable, this behavior must result in both an environment that a reasonable person would find hostile and abusive and an environment that the victim subjectively perceives to be abusive.”so I cannot believe that Anita Rivers did not fall within that category by reason of the continual abuse.
I believe this Town has treated Rivers poorly and I have seen these types of actions first hand. It usually happens because people are jealous of someone and as a result they will do anything to place that person down.
Tebo will not meet with citizens if they require information but requires mainly Rivers to handle such requests even if she is not a Clerk. Then Rivers has to go into Tomlinson’s office to request something only Tomlinson has. Tomlinson sometimes will say she does not have things so Rivers has to inquire of Rodriquenz to assist the matter, to find that it is on Tomlinson’s desk and she did not wish to part with it.
It was stated that “personal animosity is not the equivalent of (race) discrimination. Yet this personal animosity on the part of Tomlinson towards Rivers has been ongoing and it takes a toll on a person’s psyche. I have seen it on my own.
When Rivers was hired, a tech that sold the software system or salesperson should have sat down with Anita Rivers when she was hired as well as providing a booklet of “how to do things”. Some programs even have tutors so one can learn on their own. It is the fault of the Town for not giving Rivers the tools she required to complete her job.
Insofar as this computer problem, I know for a fact that being taught something by Tomlinson, certainly is not really “teaching”. The computer software program was purchased by the Town at Robert Farley’s direction. It is a computer program that would save time and money and many companies utilize it. Yet Pam Tomlinson preferred quick books and made certain the only place the computer was used was at the Administrative Assistant Station.
Look at DeBary, they gave Tebo many opportunities. In fact her salary increased from some $30,000 to $70,000 to find that she could not handle these various jobs and as a result had to take them away from her. Tebo has not given Anita Rivers a chance and she is basing it on the that Anita is friends with the Police (which Tebo has no control over), she is friends with Nicole Williams, and that Tebo despises Helen Miller and that Anita respects Helen Miller. These are not only symptoms of someone who is a drug abuser but one who is so insecure and paranoid that they have to rule their staff by “fear”.
It is obvious that Tomlinson has had a great amount of influence on each of the managers. She has fabricated stories about Anita so that she and Andrew would remain Manager’s pets. She even caused problems for Anita with Bill Lawrence and Anita’s actions have always been attributed to Helen Miller or Joe Griffin…unbelievable.
Isn’t it interesting that Stacy Tebo was not familiar with either Tomlinson’s or Rivers’ jobs but had to inquire about things continually?
Isn’t it interesting that Stacy Tebo only e-mailed staff but did not hae meetings or relay meetings with the IMS, our accountant or other people? Shouldn’t the staff be aware; but of course, Tomlinson could attend but not Rivers. Do you see any discrimination there?
Isn’t it interesting that Bullard would seek to get rid of our most efficient and bright staff person, Rivers while protecting someone who should never have been a Town Manager?
Isn’t it interesting that Bullard ignores Tebos history because the Town isn’t able to keep managers? Yet, he keeps incompetent and mean people on his staff who caused Rivers humiliation for no reason and pain from the way in which she was treated? Understand, the staff including Rodriquenz must keep their jobs so they will place people like Rivers under the bus by saying Stacy only did something once or she was not abusive.
Isn’t it interesting that Rivers was chastised for placing information about the May Day celebration on her Facebook .Stacy knew Anita told the truth but she hoped the May Day board would come to that conclusion themselves without broadcasting.
Isn’t it interesting that Tebo has to always take credit for things and not credit someone like Rivers for her suggestions?
One morning at approximately 9:50 am, Pam came to Anita with the daily close for July 5, 2016. This closeout included a double charge of $90.10 to Charles Pendlebury’s credit card. She told me that I needed to figure out why the credit card amount was off from what the total was showing. I looked through and checked off each credit card payment and could not find the difference she was referring to.
Anita went into her office to explain to her that she could not find what she was talking about, but she would not let me explain and became irate about it. Pam told Anita that she could figure it out. She then yelled at her “THAT IS YOUR DAMN JOB”. down and I calm down then we could talk and I walked out of the office. When Anita got back to hery desk,Pam continued to yell that I always go overboard when people try talking to her and then Pam made a huffing sound. I never responded to her after that. Later she brought two pieces of paper and threw them in the tray on Anita’s desk and said FYI, this is the reason you were off. A few minutes went by and she walked behind my chair to put mail in the box to go out, but instead of placing them in there, she threw them and they went on the floor. She had to pick them up and place them in there after that.
But to take you back before this event happened, Anita thought Pam was already upset at the fact that she walked by my desk earlier and saw the checks on my desk that I go over before you snag them each week. She asked me what Anita was doing with the checks. Anita told her that I always go over them just to be sure the amounts and accounts are correct for you. She said that it was Anita tried telling her that she didn’t have time to do it with her other duties, but she cut me off and said WHATEVER and walked away. With each statement I made she continually replied “WHATEVER” in a loud voice. Then she began to slam drawers and papers around in her office.
Although Tebo said after the fact that she also could be blamed as Manager, she certainly placed Rivers “under the bus” for our accounting problems, when Tebo herself should have been responsible for the appropriate training of Rivers on IMS and the responsibility of inputting the appropriate rates herself or working with Rivers. Tebo micromanages everything but does not see her own fallacies. This is why nothing gets done at Town Hall. She is not a hands on manager nor is she an inspirational manager.
When Attorney Herron elected to bring forth information from DeBary whereby Ms. Tebo did not provide all the e-mails requested by her Town Manager or she sanitized them. She also attempted to have her Manager Terminated by discussions with the council. Rhett Bullard, the laughable Mayor and lawyer who does not understand the law objected to this line of conversation. As if he knows everything and had the right to comment on Mark Hurman’s defense, Rhett Bullard said that was unnecessary but a “ good legal ploy”.
Lake City requires the council members to deal solely through the manager. That would not work in White Springs because our manager is not available and especially since she has stated verbally in this hearing and in the under oath statements in Anita River’s investigation
FORMER TOWN ATTORNEY’S ADVICE WHICH HAS BEEN TOTALLY IGNORED BY THE POWER OF THREE:
Frederick L. Koberlein, Jr., Esquire, provided the Town council with the Required use of Roberts Rules of Order which in itself has provisions for complaints or grievances.
Mr. Koberlein stipulates that Section 2.05 (a) (2) of the Town Charter requires that “Roberts Rules of Order shall govern the procedure of meetings.”
Mr. Koberlein further states “Whether liability is created by the Town Council’s failure to follow proper procedural rules (Roberts Rules of Order) is a question that cannot be predicted. The unpredictability is due to the inability of knowing the situation or circumstances that may arise. For example, if the Town Council were to use improper procedures but no substantive right of an individual or entity was affected, then nominal liability would be created. Conversely, if improper procedures were used when denying a petitioner’s request for relief through the land development regulations and the denial cost the petitioner substantial time and money then substantial liability is created. Hence, the question of what liability is created by a failure to follow procedural rules, by the Town Council, is answered by determining the rights of the individual or entity that are violated. ”
He further states the Town Council should ensure that councilors have a basic understanding of the procedural rules.
Joe Griffin purchased three easy guides and an official manual which was presented to the council. Yet, Mayor Bullard feels our town is not large enough to comply with the laws in spite of what the Charter stipulates.
When Joe Griffin has brought up complaints pertaining to the Charter, he was told by Rhett Bullard that he, Griffin, was just looking for attention and obviously had never read the charter
Rhett Bullard follows only the laws which benefit him Brown and Jefferson. He does not like people who question him because of his insecurities; thus he placed Tonja Brown as his Vice Mayor when she cannot articulate a decent sentence.
Attorney Koberlein has previously given a plan under which Complaints may be handled, Mayor Bullard does not see fit to follow the Law or to allow complaints. Instead, any complaints made by Joe Griffin on behalf of the citizens have been dismissed as Joe Griffin wanting attention. And when Helen Miller agreed to citizen’s having a voice, she also was dismissed.
So we’re back where we started in the Anita Rivers’ case.. Koberlein did not have council approval to hire Attorney Larkin legally. We, the citizens of White Springs, were obligated to spend about $12,000 un-budgeted dollars to hire Attorney Larkin even though he did a jam up job, especially with the druggie Stacy Tebo and the two liars Pam and Tracy. By the time the cost of Depositions and Attorney Koberlein’s fees were included the amount changed from $12,000 to $25,950.
At one time we had a legal budget of $10,000. the 2017-2018 budget shows $20,000 with $28,879 currently having been spent in 2016-2017. I do admit that I have great respect for Frederick Koberlein at this date and time. He has tried to keep the town out of trouble, but Rhett Bullard and Councilors Brown and Jefferson, just appear to not understand.
- Attorney Koberlein stated in writing how complaints should be followed. However, that has been ignored completely.
- Attorney Koberlein stated that in accordance with our Charter, Robert’s Rules of Order must be complied with and that has been ignored by Bullard, Brown and Jefferson.
- Attorney Koberlein stated that there has been no precedent for a Town to pay for an attorney for a Town Manager who has taken action against a member of the Council on behalf of Bullard, Brown and Jefferson. Yet, Bullard would not heed the advice of Attorney Koberlein and instead made a motion that up to $7,500 of Taxpayer money would be spent to defend Tebo in a hearing for which Dr. Helen Miller has secured an attorney.
- Attorney Koberlein stated that the information provided under oath by Stacy Tebo regarding her taking narcotics was public record; Yet Rhett Bullard stated that he wished her contract renewed.
- Although Helen Miller stipulate that the personnel Manual stated under P. Substance Abuse –Stacy Tebo could be terminated from her job. Rhett Bullard became frantic and said “She will sue us”.- The statement in the personnel manual is as follows: “The use, sale, dispensing or possession of illegal drugs, narcotics and alcoholic beverages are prohibited on Town premises. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against employees who are in possession of or under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while on Town premises up to and including termination.”
- Rhett Bullard wished to table the matter for another date. Some in the audience stated thirty days and Rhett Bullard fought for ninety (90) days and the motion was passed. Attorney Koberlein then reminded everyone concerned that Stacy Tebo would be an “At Will” employee instead of a contract employee for that period until a decision could be made.
- Here we have someone who has a drug addiction, who hides herself in the office; will not interact with citizens; who acts secretly; who does not manage employees or provide training; who won’t answer requests by citizens; who doesn’t follow the law or the charter; rather she sends e-mails which the Town does not have on the US account but rather Windstream or g-mail; who is extremely emotional; who places fear in the employees so that they are fearful of addressing things and what has she done? Yes she brought in a couple of grants; one for our street lighting. Yet, our town pays Grant personnel to assist with the transactions. It isn’t as if Stacy can do her own grants even though she stipulated she had experience. This is a sad case indeed.
. October 4, 2017
Rhett Bullard, Mayor
Town of White Springs
10363 Bridge Street
White Springs, FL 32096
Notice of Termination
Dear Mayor and Councilors:
Please accept this correspondence as advance notice of our intent to terminate our agreement with the Town. This correspondence is the thirty (30) day advance notice of termination that we agreed upon when entering the most recent contract.
We will gladly help facilitate a seamless passing of the legal responsibilities to the new Town Attorney.
Frederick L. Koberlein, Jr.
Rhett Bullard stated that Fred Koberlein terminated his contract due to acquiring a position with the City of Live Oak. However, Councilor Walter McKenzie contacted Mr. Koberlein, and although he kept his conversation private, stated the other councilors should contact him for the real reason. He inferred that the reason for the termination was due to the way we handle our town business.
What is interesting is Frederick Koberlein, esq. refused to write the letter which must be signed and sent as a final notification to Dr. Miller. Instead, Stacy’s attorney, Mr. Elkind had to write the letter. The payments of these attorney fees for Stacy, should be construed as bonus money and given to her on a 1099 or W2 if taxes are taken out. Stacy Tebo is getting benefit no one else has received and this is because Rhett Bullard is too afraid to look bad; yet, he did at the hearing, bless his heart.
The idiots on the council couldn’t even address their motions correctly for each of the charges and they don’t even know what Malfeasance is, even though Frederick Koberlein explained it fully. Charging Dr. Miller for the acts of requesting is certainly beyond the pale and definitely not illegal which imputes malfeasance
DOCTOR HELEN MILLER:
Mrs. Madeline Moore in her support for Dr. Miller mentioned that she placed an article in the Jasper News which was positive. She indicated that every other news item is negative and I have to agree with her. No other Town has complaints or petitions like White Springs and the negativity has become worse since Rhett Bullard has become mayor.
Dr. Miller has some extra ordinary friends; all of which stuck up for her at the June 13th meeting. There was Merri McKenzie, Mattie Moore, Dennis Price as well as others who spoke on Dr. Miller’s behalf. And as Tom Moore stated, had everyone known that Dr. Miller would be charged and forced off the council, there would have been at least ten more people who would have come to the meeting to support Dr. Miller. There are many more than ten but many of our citizens are fearful of retaliation if they go against the power of three.
Mayor Bullard placed together an event featuring hot dogs and other accouterments I doubt if Bullard signed a requisition. Not only did Town Staff assist in the event but Tonja Brown went to the community center which was rented and raised hell until she could get some tables and chairs. So how is it that Council Woman Miller violated Section 3.02 )b) of the town charter by directing the Town staff. .
Under Section 3.02 Powers and Duties of the Town Manager (j) PROVIDE STAFF SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS. That was never mentioned in the defense against Dr. Miller.
Helen Miller’s lack of communication to Ms. Tebo relating to the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park to hold the summer HOPE program this year was an initial complaint in the Jasper news. Helen Miller was denied the School facilities where the program previously has been held because our new Superintendent of Schools., unlike Tom Moffsees, our former Superintendent who would do anything for the kids, Rex Mitchell does not feel White Springs has a right to the SHE facilities. Instead he made excuses why the building could not be used
By publicizing complaints against Helen Miller before she had a hearing, is cause for damage to her reputation if the charges were not so ridiculous. Why does White Springs follow English Law wherein people are guilty unless they can prove they are innocent?.
How did Helen get a town credit card for the Beautiful Dreamer Banquet, if the Financial Director, Pam, didn’t give it to her? No Pam or Stacy gave Helen the Credit Card. Who would think that when someone gave you a Credit Card that you weren’t supposed to use it for the benefit of the “giver”. That’s what Helen did. It was neither illegal nor immoral.
Vacancies. A Town Council member shall forfeit his office if he:
Intentionally misrepresented facts which were used to determine his eligibility for election to office. SHE DIDN’T DO THIS.
Willfully violates any express prohibition of this Charter. SHE DIDN’T DO THIS BECAUSE THE EXPRESS PROVISIONS OF THE CHARTER ARE CONTAINED IN SECTION 10.2 OF THE CHARTER
Is convicted of a crime involving felony or moral turpitude . SHE DIDN’T DO THIS.
Fails to attend three (3) Consecutive regular meetings of the council without the Council’s approval. SHE DIDN’T DO THIS.
Moves his residence from the Town of White Springs.SHE DIDN’T DO THIS.
For malfeasance, misfeasance or non-feasance in office. WHAT IS MALFEASANCE IN OFFICE?
What is the definition of malfeasance in office?
Malfeasance in office, or official misconduct, is the commission of an unlawful act, done in an official capacity, which affects the performance of official duties. Malfeasance in office is often grounds for a for cause removal of an elected official by statute or recall election.
NOTICE IN THE PENALTY SECTION, IMMEDIATELY ABOVE, THE ALLEGED PARTY MUST BE PROVEN TO HAVE DISCRIMINATED, LIED, PAY TO PLAY OR BUY AN ELECTION. TO BE PROVEN IT MUST GO TO A COURT UNDER A CRIMINAL CHARGE. THIS FARCE IS NOT A CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AND THE STATES ATTORNEY HASN’T EVEN SEEN THE CHARGES. YOU CAN’T BE FOUND GUILTY IN A CIVIL COURT.
Those who attended the hearing who were not ignorant of the law stipulated that what transpired last night was a Kangaroo court and made comments that stated that any administrative board would have thrown these complaints out because they were laughable had they not been such a travesty for the Citizens of this Town and Dr. Miller.
Furthermore, with experience and some 160 complaints to the Council for not following the law, Mayor Bullard has made it clear that no complaints will be listened to. Therefore, the Citizens have no right to file grievances which is allowed by the Constitutions of the U.S. and Florida for which our charter makes reference to. Dr. Miller tried to intervene on behalf of Joe Griffin which caused further disdain against her by the Manager, Mayor and two councilors.
In any event it would not have mattered what attorney would have defended Dr. Miller, the votes were decided prior to the meeting whether or not the law was followed. I apprised Dr. Miller’s trial attorney at an 8:15 p.m. break and all he said is “so that is the way it is?”
It is okay for Willie Jefferson to allow his friend to use one of the town’s facilities as his temporary home without asking the council, but it is not okay for Dr. Helen Miller .to ASK for anything.
3-1 to have Dr. Helen B. Miller removed from the council for malfeasance..
Although John Rhett Joiner Bullard as an attorney and the other two councilors should have known that Dr. Helen B. Miller was innocent of the specific charges made against her by our Town Manager Stacy Tebo, they found Dr. Miller guilty of all charges, Yet,what Dr. Helen Miller did was ASK and in each case, she was denied and accused by Bullard for having some sinister reasoning like knowing money would not be received from other benefactors, which is his opinion solely.
Initially Dr. Miller was uncertain who would pay the payroll for the school and apprised Pam Tomlinson our Finance Director. Pam thought it was great and less work if she didn’t have to do anything with payroll. Yet when the agreement was finalized and signed by Mayor Rhett Bullard and notarized by Pam Tomlinson, the contract itself made it clear, as it has in the past years under this grant with the Town as the benefactor, “TOWS (Town of White Springs) agrees that all persons TOWS has involved in HOPE will be employed by TOWS under a written employment agreement”.
What this means as with any contract or grant stipulations is that the Grantor nor the Hamilton County School Board wishes the liabilities for those employed by the Town and who are within the direct supervision of the Town. The HOPE program is handled by an endorsement to the General Liability policy as well as the Workers Compensation policy by the Town. If our Town Manager really has any knowledge of business, she should have read the contract or assisted her incompetent finance manager since she is in charge of staff.
Dr. Helen Miller has always wished to assist the children like Tom Moffses. And blaming Dr. Helen Miller for something that the so-called CEO and staff can and could do, perplexes me. For years, Dr. Helen Miller has brought forth funds to assist the Children of White Springs in the after school or summer programs and the three councilors should be ashamed of themselves as well as the poor handling of this matter by Stacy Tebo and the staff. But let’s face it, Helen is the go getter, the one who tries to get things done and Stacy may say she is the Alfa Female but she only rules by fear
Dr. Helen Miller is a very intelligent woman who has assisted many of you along the way, with her husband Ed Miller. She also holds high positions in the Florida League of Cities as well as the Suwannee League of Cities. She has also received awards for her work and has diligently assisted the youth in White Springs by providing the HOPE program through her own benefactor as well as firewood. The three councilors mentioned above do not wish to take any responsibility for assisting the youth or others. They ignore petitions and they ignore complaints
This is what Councilman Walter McKenzie had to say about what transpired:
This is the most disappointing thing I think I’ve ever witnessed. It appeared to be a petty vendetta, causing one of the most dedicated and hard working council members we’ve ever had to lose her seat. There was clearly no desire for justice or objectivity when Mayor Bullard made multiple s This “rouge” council members secured $150,000 grant for programs and projects to benefit the community from a personal, professional contact of hers Here is what he had to say. Between 2010 and 2015, I contributed $134,500 directly to the city of White Springs for the purpose of supporting the Project HOPE and the summer activities for the youth of White Springs. In 2016 , I contributed an additional $15,000 to the Hamilton County School District for the exclusive benefit of White Springs youth/Project Hope. In this regard I provided funds to be spent at the exclusive direction of Dr. Miller for any general expenditure she deemed appropriate to facilitate her summer, or other programs; a provision agreed to by the White Springs Town Council in 2010.Speeches against Mrs. Miller. Read the details if you want the truth.(
This is What Deb Odom had to say about what transpired at the hearing.
Deb Odom) This is the most disappointing thing I think I’ve ever witnessed. It appeared to be a petty vendetta, causing one of the most dedicated and hard working council members we’ve ever had to lose her seat. There was clearly no desire for justice or objectivity when Mayor Bullard made multiple speeches against Mrs. Miller. Read the details if you want the truth
Dennis Price, formal Councilor, summed up the situation the best:
(Dennis Price) “With that in mind, I want to thank Helen Miller for the thousands of hours she has volunteered to support the kids in the surrounding area through her HOPE program that she started and funded through donors. I, and many others, voted for Helen because she represented a voice that addressed the needs of the business community and the children of this town. She made the town very familiar with Tallahassee and the Florida League of Cities, which she was president” (of the Suwannee League of Cities). “I am really perplexed by my voice being voted out over my objections. There were other ways to have handled this that would have been much less costly. Rhett will try to give great ideas about why she had to go, but the real reason is his ego was being bruised because she was usually the one in the limelight. For good reason, she did things.
“I want to thank Rhett:
· For his leadership in creating the divisiveness that now permeates this town
· For his inability to come up with a better way to handle the perceived problem
· For spending money on lawyers when we do not have the money to spare.
· For the shabby look of this town because of a lack of funds to mow.
· For the stupidity in thinking Helen was just going to roll over and accept the verdict.
· For not wondering how to pay for Helen’s attorney’s fees when the case is lost on future appeal.
· For not anticipating that your actions would add one more reason for our attorney to quit.
Misfeasance– He spent $7500 to provide a defense for the Town Manager. None was needed. Such spending was contrary to Florida Statute 112.313 and the recommendation of the Town attorney
Dennis J. Price, White Springs
Willie Jefferson was told by Helen Miller what the charter was only about three months ago.I do not even believe Tonja Brown knows anything about the Charter and Rhett Bullard does not understand the law as it appertains to the Charter or the Constitution of the US or FL or none of these councilors would have dared to spend months on their frivolous findings against Dr. Miller on taxpayer time. It is sad indeed to remove the only council member that worked so hard for White Springs. Your Town is now run by ignorance, jealousy and greed..
The Wrong Councilor was Ousted, it should have been Rhett Bullard:
Malfeasance – Rhett Bullard and or Stacy Tebo singularly decided expenditure of $25,950 to investigate a terminated town employee’s complaint. Expenditure was contrary to the Charter, Florida Statute 112.313, and U.S. Constitution. He singularly decided expenditure of $25,950 to investigate a terminated town employee’s complaint.
Rhett Bullard is completely clueless on the whole sections of the Town Charter and Roberts Rules of Order.
Rhett Bullard decided to forfeit the seat of a Council member and it was done contrary to input from the Citizens.
Rhett Bullard rules the town like a dictator, a majority of one, contrary to the Charter.
Rhett Bullard decides which portion of the Law, the Charter and Roberts Rules to use and which to ignore.
Neglect of Duty – Rhett Bullard fails to allow any citizen input when deciding a vote. He decides how he wants the Council to vote. All Council votes are 3-2 with no wavering allowed by two
Tracy Rodriquenz indicated that Anita Rivers assists the police department in some duties when it is appropriate and dependent upon the circumstances. She respects the Town Manager because that’s her staff. If the project is a bit more in detail, Tracy gives the town manager the respect due and asks if Anita can do something for her because Tracy doesn’t want to be in conflict. Tracy has been employed in the police department for 14 years and three years ago she became police chief.
Some time you can make eye contact, sometimes not. If Anita comes all of the way to the far end, where her drawers and stuff are that she needs, Tracy can see her. If she is in the middle, Tracy can’t see her.
If Tracy needs to have a conversation with Tebo, she would have to go to her office. “Of course, if she wasn’t busy, I mean, she said, I can pick up the phone and call her.” But to sit there and talk to her like I could Ms. Rivers, no, I don’t have that opportunity.
When asked what shifts she worked, she said “I have the guys on an 11 and a half rotating shift. It’s a 28 day calendar, so its five on five off, five on four off, four on five off. Tracy indicated that from 2:00 am to when she gets in the office, between 7:00 to 8:00 in the morning, there is no coverage. Some nights they work later until 5:00 am and it depends upon the calls. YOU WILL NOTE SHE EVADED ANSWERING THAT SHE HAD A SHIFT. HAS SHE BEEN RELEASED BY HER DOCTOR YET?
In determining whether there was formal socializing, Tracy indicated she had never been to Anita’s house but her husband and sons came to dinner at Tracy’s house because it was for anybody that wanted to come. They park their vehicles when on a cruise but everybody does. It’s just business and Tracy stated there’s a gray area and a black and white but she does not personally hang out with anyone. YET APPARENTLY GOING OUT TO LUNCH WITH ANITA IS NOT SOCIALIZING?
Although the council appointed Tracy as police chief, Stacy Tebo is her immediate supervisor in accordance with the charter. Tracy asked “isn’t she? Mr. Koberlein nodded his head.
In asking Tracy whether she ever witnessed Pam using profanity in the workplace, she said “Yes, heard her”. She did witness Pam tell Anita “This is your damn job” Tracy was in her office and said “I just went, oh (demonstrating.) I was like, Oh (demonstrating,) I’m not going out my door. She didn’t have any knowledge what precipitated that remark but she just heard it. She believed Anita did say something, but to be honest she said, I pushed it aside.”
You can just feel that there’s something not right, that there is an underlying current somewhere, and you just want to go in your office and hide in your hole.” When asked if the tension is between Pam and Anita, or between anybody else, Tracy said “It depends on the — the day and the circumstances. She also sensed there’s tension between Ms. Tebo and Anita recently.”
There was tension when Ms. Tebo first started. Ms. Pam made the statement “Great, another damn woman; that’s all we need.” That statement was made in general when she was just talking.
When asked if Ms. Tebo, in confidence complains about Ms. Rivers or Ms. Tomlinson, . Tracy stated it was not about Ms. Rivers but that once again she was not going to get into the confidence.
When asked whether Anita ever intimated to Tracy that she’s being discriminated against?, Tracy answered “See, now you’re asking me to get into the confidence again. The attorney then stated “She has made this complaint, and she has identified you as somebody that I should speak to. If you’re uncomfortable telling me and you want to —that’s fine. This is not a deposition and I’m not here to force that issue” Tracy explained she did not wish to break somebody’s confidence. “When somebody confides in you, it’s because they don’t want you to repeat what they’re telling you.”
Anita has complained about Pam smoking E-cigarettes in the office but Tracy said Pam stopped smoking E-cigarettes in the office but didn’t know whether Tebo spoke to Pam
Anita did come to Tracy about the cash drawer shortage of OCTOBER 2016 WHEN IT WAS SHORT $512.76. Tracy said when she bar-tended a long time ago that if she had to share a till with anyone, she refused to operate the cash register at all because she never worked in a place where one had to share a till because you are responsible for the money. She said she could understand Anita’s angst. Tracy heard Anita vocalize her concern and she was scared because she thought she would be the one getting blamed when Pam makes mistakes continuously, because of right wrong or indifferent. Anita was having this conversation in the open
Tracy said that Anita would come to her and complain about Pam plus the fact that the e-cigarettes were giving her a headache and making her sick to her stomach. Tracy just said she had to talk to Stacy.
You’re asking me to say how Ms. Pam and Ms. Tebo are treating Ms. Rivers and how Ms. Rivers is taking it. I mean, she’s taking her treatment that way, but it doesn’t necessarily mean Tracy did mention that there were times she had been uncomfortable for Anita. She mentioned it is when Pam has yelled at her. She said there have been quite a few instances but she did not have them in writing.ean that that’s how she is being treated.”
Anita said she had never been talked to like this in her life and she doesn’t understand why she is being talked to like this and she’s tired of being treated like this and it’s got to stop. “And I just told her to breathe, calm down, just relax and take it easy. Tracy got her calmed down in about ten minutes and she composed herself in the restroom and stayed working. Tracy said she wanted Anita to go home, but that it wasn’t her call nor was she her supervisor. The attorney asked whether Tracy ever talked to Ms. Tebo and she said “No, no, no, absolutely, I wouldn’t”
When the attorney asked Tracy other than the other issue did Ms. Tebo raise her voice to Ms. Rivers in the workplace, Tracy stated it was over Mr. Griffin. When the attorney asked whether Ms. Tebo was raising her voice about Mr. Griffin towards any employee, or was it in general, Tracy said “Just venting. Tracy said “Yes”. She said Anita feels that the way the man is treated, although, he is not liked and he does things that people don’t like, and he’s a pain in the butt and so on and so forth, that he should still have the same respect as any other citizen. Anita expressed that to Tracy in a conversation.
When the attorney asked whether Tracy witnessed anything that was any type of treatment with Mr. Griffin, that was consistent with what Anita was telling you, Tracy said Yes. When asked by who by the attorney Tracy stated “I’m going to have to start looking for a job. Thank you Mr. Larkin”. The attorney again asked who Ms. Tebo or Ms. Tomlinson, where it was witnessed them being critical of Mr. Griffin.. She finally said “Yes. She stated Ms. Rivers has not come to her about that. She said “it’s witnessed. You’re asking me now, you’re asking me what I’ve seen. So yes, I’ve heard it, the frustration, the venting. I mean, do I understand it? Yes. Do I agree with it? Sometimes.”
Regarding Anita being denied to be a poll worker, Tracy stated she knew that Ms. Tebo was uncomfortable with Pam doing it because Mr. Griffin was alleging, “tainting the process again, “ so she was uncomfortable with Ms. Tomlinson being there
Chief Tracy found what she believed to be oxycodene in the bathroom. Initially the Chief of Police thought maybe one of her officers was using but did nothing about it but held it in her desk for two weeks. Then she again found a second pill on the floor two weeks later. She then walked out of the bathroom and asked if anybody lost a pill. Ms. Tebo said “What does it look like and Chief Tracy said it was white. Stacy asked to see it and then took it with her. It was the same exact pill as the first one found on the floor.. And rather than asking if Stacy had a prescription, Tracy asked Stacy’s boyfriend who said it was a prescription. Yet if it had been an officer, Tracy elected to allow him to perform his duties without any interaction even though the Town has a Drug policy.
Chief Tracy never mentioned the first pill to Stacy. When the attorney asked whether Chief Tracy asked Stacy if she was using pills while she was working, Chief Tracy said “No” because “Ms. Tebo is not one you question” and then repeated the same statement. She further explained that “You just don’t question her authority. You don’t question what she does. You don’t question her.
First off Tracy kept control of evidence of a crime, possession of Oxy, from legal authorities such as the Sheriff’s office. Second She was intimidated by her perp, her admitted perp.
While she was waiting to confront her officer she left him on the street all the while being the lead suspect in taking narcotics. What police chief does that and how much trouble would White Springs be in if a cop were taking narcotics and the Chief did nothing.
When Stacy Admitted it was her pill the questioning stopped. Tracy asks more questions of Joe when he drives his Wheel Chair on the street. But no Stacy gets off scot free.
There were two incidents, one in the unisex bathroom and one in the ladies only bathroom. Even a blind hog could have determined that the perp was a female. But not Chief Tracy. I believe Tracy knew it was Stacy’s pill along but refused to take action, refused to confront her because of what she (Stacy) might do.
Imagine being so afraid for your job that you can’t do the right thing which anyone can tell you what it was. The right thing would have been to question the “owner” of the pill and ask if she had a prescription for it? Then ask to see the prescription. That’s what Tracy would have done if it had been any body else, including one of her officers
When asked whether Ms. Tebo has mood swings, she said she’s not a psychologist nor a psychiatrist so she couldn’t tell the attorney how Ms. Tebo is her normal self, her work self or her relaxed self or on-guard self
When Tracy Rodriquenz was asked if she would assist any council member who asked for her assistance, she said of course, she would assist anyone. However, either she had a memory lapse or did not intend to be truthfully initially, she stated only Helen Miller had requested anything from her. That led to Walter McKenzie stipulating he had requested something from her relating to the Bike Club and then Tonja Brown admitted something about hot dogs. It was stated that if a council person may not ask for assistance from the Staff or from the Town Manager, then everyone should be ousted from the Council.
This was exactly like Anita Rivers complaint to Tracy, Anita complained to Tracy about Stacy’s drug problem. This is well before the Anita got fired. Tracy told Stacy about it and immediately Stacy took retribution on Anita including looking for any excuse to terminate her employment. Tracy must go.
Despite 3 emails and 3 telephone calls Tracy won’t answer the simple question “What happened to the second pill, the one that was in her desk.” She leaves me no choice but to file a complaint against her with FDLE. The complaint will also stress that Tracy wouldn’t pursue an investigation despite knowing who the perp was, what the pill was, asking whether there was a Doctor’s
Anita felt it was important for her to know what was going on, so she can ask her questions because when the meetings are over and they ask her to do something, they can’t explain it to her. Anita feels that if she was a part of the meetings she would have the opportunity to ask the questions that she would like to know, instead of trying to learn afterwards, because when she asks, they’re not explained to her.
As Ms. Tebo did in DeBary, she watched everyone, took notes on everything, and tried to hang her supervisor with a short rope by playing games with the City Council members. Yet she was so busy being in her supervisor’s business that she was unable to handle her own job
It was not Stacy Tebo’s right or duty to bring up accusations about Dr. Miller whether or not a council member gave her that right. It is against the provisions of the Charter and furthermore no one provided Helen Miller with a formal complaint. Instead it was publicized in a local paper.
Rhett stipulates Stacy Tebo has the right to take time off because of meetings and the like…but wait, obviously the two councilors and manager have never read her contract. Stacy IS REQUIRED AS PER 2.4 HOURS OF WORK TO WORK ADDITIONALLY OVER HER NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS
Tebo claims that she could have disciplined Tomlinson for not checking behind Rivers to insure that these rate changes were made. Tebo also admits that as the Town Manager, she bears some responsibility for these rates not being changed
Rhett, by allowing Stacy Tebo to take Mondays off, you stole value of her being in her office for Citizens and handling Town Business at $11,000 the first year and I am certain that we could add another $5,500.
The Manager’s contract states: The Manager agrees to devote additional time as is necessary for the full and proper performance of the Town Manager’s Duties and that the compensation herein provided includes compensation for the performance of all such services.
The Manager will devote full time and effort to the performance of the Town Manager’s Duties and shall remain in the exclusive employ of the Town during the term of this Agreement. The Manager, with the prior consent of the Council, may accept outside professional employment which does not interfere with the Manager performing the Town Manager’s Thus, there is no 40 hour provision but Normal business hours.
Furthermore, the Town Manager is granted the same sick/personal leave benefits as authorized by Council policies for employees. Eight (8) hours per calendar month effective upon employment. (Therefore Stacy Tebo would have been allowed only 12 days in her first year or 96 hours
Tebo believes that Rivers was upset about the upcoming elections and certain candidates not being able to qualify. Tebo contends that these election issues which were motivated by Council Member Miller have caused Rivers to become very involved politically. Tebo recalls Rivers becoming so angry about candidate Richard Marshall’s election packet being disqualified (BECAUSE OF ONE APPLICATION WITHOUT A DATE,BUT WITH A SIGNATURE)
Tebo admits she denied Rivers the opportunity to serve as a poll worker. She said she did so because she had learned that a citizen had indicated that he would be challenging the election results (ANOTHER LIE: JOE GRIFFIN WOULD NOT CHALLENGE THE ELECTION RESULTS – HIS CONCERN WAS FOR AN APPLICANT WHO THE TOWN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST- MAINLY TOMLINSON)
Tebo also admits to authoring a sticky note that reads “Don’t talk about that in front of Anita”, although she does not recall giving the note to Brown. She believes it was written in connection with a protest letter from Nicole and Bernard Williams concerning the demolition of Old Carver School. Tebo claims that Nicole Williams and Rivers are best friends and “its possible” that she “probably said” Don’t talk about this in front of Anita” because she did not want her conversation with Brown to be communicated to Williams because she is so passionate about saving the Carver School Building.
Tebo claims that during her first week of employment Miller attempted to persuade jher to terminate Tomlinson. Because Tebo does not ever follow Miller’s suggestions, she believes that Miller does not like her. Tebo admitted at Dr. Miller’s hearing that she does not like Dr. Miller.
Shortly, after Tebo started, however, Rodriquenz and Rivers stopped going to lunch together. Tebo believes that former Mayor and current Council Member Helen Miller had something to do with it.Tebo witnessed Miller telephone Rivers every morning at 9:00 a.m. and have a long, friendly conversation with her. Tebo also learned that Rivers and Council Member Tonja Brown were not friendly due to Rivers filing an ethics complaint against her.
What upsets me is the statement made by the attorney and possibly the feelings of Stacy Tebo as well: “Rivers is not the Town Clerk or the Deputy Clerk. Rivers is not the clerk; therefore, she has no right to attend clerk training. “ Pam contends no one assists her with her work when she is gone…and Pam is well over retirement age so the logical thing would be to provide a wealth of knowledge to staff so they could excel and love their positions. It will not happen in White Springs. They do not wish go getters.
With Tomlinson and Tebo the environment is hostile and abusive to Rivers. It is just that Rivers is an honest person and will admit if something has been fixed whereas Tomlinson lies as does Tebo who also tries to find excuses for everything (i.e. she doesn’t respect me because the elections, Dr. Miller, Joe Griffin, Nicole Williams and the police department). Notice nothing is ever Tebo’s fault.
Attorney: Okay, the last issue that I wanted to discuss with you is this. There has been an allegation that there has been some prescriptive medicine found in town hall, two pills, one in a bathroom that is used mainly by women and another that’s used by both men and women, two separate occasions and the police chief (Rodequenz) asked, after finding the second pill, whose pill it was and that you allegedly said it was yours. Is that true?
Are you taking any prescriptive medications while at work?
And the prescriptive medicine that you’re taking, what is that?
The one she found?
That was a generic Percocet.
Do you know whether these medications impair your judgment?
Or your ability to communicate or anything of that nature?
No, they don’t.
Why do you say that?
Because I’ve had rheumatoid arthritis since I was 17. So I have taken a lot of medications for years. So I can pretty much take anything , and it doesn’t affect me.
Her commentary is amazing – she is clearly paranoid and obsessed, likely due to prolonged drug use. She lies like a rug – just can’t help it. She brings her computer email bad behavior from her previous job. Since her previous employer says she used to be a good employee and then something happened and she changed, it would be interesting to determine if her behavior changed when she started dependence on the narcotic. Percocet is highly addictive, and it sounds like she pops them every day – maybe several times a day. I wonder if the percocet is prescribed by a MD or a pill mill, or if she buys them off the street.
TEBO BLAMES HELEN MILLER FOR HER PROBLEMS IN A PREEMPTIVE MOVE TO UNSEAT MILLER FROM THE COUNCIL BECAUSE UNLIKE BULLARD, TEBO CANNOT CONTROL MILLER
Stacy about Anita Being a poll worker: “well, prior to that I had said, I don’t really know about that, because how could you be working here and then be a poll worker at the same time?” Rivers then stated Shirley Heath used to do that. Tebo then said “Really? That seems odd to me when Shirley was the city clerk or the town clerk”
“I guess your response to her is related to an individual challenging the election, and that it might be better if we don’t have town employees doing that. The attorney asked “Is that right?”
Ms. Tebo stated “Yeah, Joe Griffin”. “He actually said that”. The attorney possibly not believing what he just heard said “He indicated that he would challenge the town elections before the elections?”
JOE WISHED TO GO TO THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS BUT FELT RICHARD MARSHALL SHOULD DO THAT ON HIS OWN. SEE MORE ABOUT THE PETITION INFORMATION BELOW. HOW COULD JOE CHALLENGE AN ELECTION BEFORE AN ELECTION? STACY TEBO IS NOT TOO INTELLIGENT.
Tebo then stated that Griffin had sent an email because he was mad that Richard Marshall had not had enough petitions to qualify as a candidate.
The attorney inquired “Do you recall asking Ms. Rivers to look into Mr. Griffin and what he’s posting?” Tebo responded that she probably had Ms. Rivers look into a public records request. (THIS IS ANOTHER MISREPRESENTATION BY TEBO TO MAKE HER LOOK GOOD. SHE WAS ABSOLUTELY PARANOID ABOUT WHAT JOE OR I WOULD WRITE AND HAD RIVERS DO THIS DAILY) ebo replied “I mean, I could ask Pam to do that, but Pam wasn’t my assistant“ (NO PAM WAS THE TOWN CLERK AND PAM DID NOT HAVE A DOWNLOAD OF THE BLOG ON HER COMPUTER). “ So I don’t think there’s – anybody can make a public request” (ALSO IT IS THE TOWN CLERK’S RESPONSIBILITY FOR 119’S…WHAT A STORY TEBO!)
Stacy said “Helen Miller is so intent on being mayor again that she will do anything to be mayor again. So she was trying to get others to run, like this Nicole Williams, who is Anita’s good friend, because there was two seats that were up, and those were Rhett Bullard and Tonja Brown. Now, she didn’t want either of them to be re-elected; so she was trying to get others to run.”
We had two people come in the last minute to pick up a packet. Now, the qualifying closes at noon on Tuesday. So it’s very last minute. Tom Moore, who is on the Helen Team; and then this other man Richard Marshall, who used to be on the city council.” THE TOWN HAS BEEN SO CORRUPT THAT JOE AND I ASKED TOM MOORE TO RUN AT THE AZALEA FESTIVAL…NOT HELEN TO MY KNOWLEDGE AND WE WERE AT TOM’S CAMPAIGN.
Stacy Tebo, under oath, stated that Richard Marshall was the one who turned in 16 petitions; and one needs 15. She stated “Two of them weren’t any good because – well, one of them wasn’t filled out and the other one lived outside of town limits. But because he turned it in so late, they go to the supervisor’s office for verification; it was too late. So he only had 14, but he waited until the last minute. That’s bad. THIS INFORMATION IS ALSO ON THE BLOG RELATING TO RICHARD MARSHALL’S APPLICATION. THIS YEAR THE TOWN FORMULATED THEIR OWN PETITION FORM. WHEN REQUESTING MARSHALL’S APPLICATION, IT WAS FOUND THAT ALTHOUGH PAM STATED THERE WERE ONLY 14 SIGNATURES, THERE WERE ACTUALLY 15 SIGNATURES AND FROM TEBO’S STATEMENT, OBVIOUSLY PAM MADE THIS DECISION ON HER OWN.
WHAT WAS MISSING FROM THE 15TH PETITION WAS NOT A SIGNATURE, BUT RATHER A DATE WHEN THE FORM WAS SIGNED. JOE GRIFFIN CALLED THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS WHO ADVISED HIM THAT IT WAS THE TOWN’S DECISION TO DISQUALIFY MARSHALL BECAUSE THE DATE WAS MISSING. It was amazing that Pam blamed the supervisor of elections about the Marshall application and Anita Rivers was angry (because probably she knows what was on our blog SINCE RIVERS IS REQUIRED TO LOOK AT IT AND GIVE TEBO INFORMATION DAILY). You cannot trust either Pam Tomlinson or Stacy Tebo to be honest and forthright. Pam even sat down with Richard Marshall relative to reviewing his application and told him that everything was okay. THIS WAS STEP ONE FOR PAM TO ASSIST WITH ELECTING BULLARD AND BROWN. Tebo stated Rivers was angry and upset because she didn’t like either Tonja or Rhett and would like to see them off the council and to see Helen Miller be mayor again.
When Rivers said “What? Am I not allowed to complain?”, Tebo advised the attorney “And I swear to God she sounded just like Joe Griffin, that man who always wants to complain, and like “You can’t hear my complaints?”. Tebo just said “Anita, it’s time to work now. So just stop it” and that was it. Tebo stated that she wouldn’t say she yelled at her, but “because I was like, Just stop”
Ms. Tebo said she saw the CDBG protest letter that’s supposedly written by Nicole Williams but “it smacks of Helen Miller”
Again Tebo brings up the Complaint made by Rivers of March 27, 2017. Tebo stated that Ms. Rivers did not author the complaint, maybe partially, “but she doesn’t — I think you’ve been seeing some of her writing. You know, it’s just not hers. I don’t think it’s completely hers. Then Tebo goes on bout it being odd because Anita Rivers stayed up past 10:00 p.m.
When the attorney stated that Rivers claims she was not trained on how to do those issues…and whether those are her job duties? Tebo stated “There is not a job description for her. So I would say yes. She was asked to do that.” Pam complained about the garbage rates not being changed and Rivers said “Well, you never told me to change them.” Pam then said “Well, they go up every April”.
Rivers just has sent this thing to Fred last week saying everything is racially motivated, supposedly. “I think that Nicole had a part in it, or Nikki, and Helen. I think Helen drives all of it and she’s the brains behind the operation.
Then apparently Helen Miller went to the office to secure every single complaint Joe Griffin made on the agenda since October, and told Tebo in person. She stated that Helen Miller seems to have teamed up with Joe Griffin because Joe Griffin hates her and the mayor so much, and Tonja Brown and Willie Jefferson that she thinks that Helen Miller is using Joe Griffin to get the ones that she dislikes. And she was trying to sway the election also so that the mayor would not be re-elected.
She answered “Ms. Miller doesn’t speak to me except when she’s on attack during a council meeting. She came to speak to me once this year. I wrote it down. She came to me recently because she wanted Joe Griffin’s every single complaint..
Apparently Stacy Tebo had been writing down different times that Nicole Williams was coming in and going to Tracy’s office and then Anita Rivers would go in there. She apparently thought it was some type of conspiracy against her. This woman is really paranoid.
This is regarding the CDBG Grant, the demolition of the Carver School Building and a new community Center which Governor Scott LATER vetoed.
Tonja Brown was in Stacy’s office in some sort of discussion. Ms. Rivers noted that a letter was handed to Ms. Brown to read. Then Ms. Brown blurted out “They can’t stop nothing, “ Rivers believed what they were discussing was the letter from Bernard and Nicole Williams.
Ms. Tebo’s comment to the attorney was “I know Ms. Williams’ capabilities and it doesn’t include the way that the letter was written. That letter was written by Helen Miller, but I’m getting off point.
NOTE THAT MS. TEBO IS INFERRING THAT THE WILLIAMS FAMILY, NIKKI WILLIAMS’ PARENTS WHO WERE EDUCATORS UNTIL THEY RETIRED, AND NIKKI HERSELF DO NOT HAVE THE INTELLIGENCE TO WRITE THE LETTER NOR DO THE RESEARCH.
I HAVE NEWS FOR MS. TEBO, WE ASSISTED NIKKI WITH THE RESEARCH FINDING THE SCHOOL WAS A FLORIDA HISTORIC SITE AS WELL AS SECURING INFORMATION FROM THE TOWN WHICH THE TOWN REFUSED TO GIVE MS. WILLIAMS.
Ms. Tebo said that she didn’t even think she gave Ms. Brown, a copy of that letter at all but that Ms. Brown may have read it when she came into Tebo’s office. – – note the story changed again
Ms. Tebo stated “There’s one family in town, the Williams’ family, that thinks that it can be rehabbed. Everybody else wants it demolished. The School board gave it to the town for the purpose of building a community center, recreation or storm shelter”WRONG AGAIN MS. TEBO! WE HEARD FROM A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO WERE OUTRAGED THAT THE CARVER SCHOOL BUILDING WOULD HAVE BEEN DEMOLISHED, ESPECIALLY SINCE IT IS A HISTORIC SITE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. FURTHERMORE THE CITIZENS OF WHITE SPRINGS ARE THE TOWN, NOT JUST THE ELECTED OFFICIALS AND MANAGER.
It was then stated by Ms. Tebo that it was so technical in nature, and she has seen her handwriting, that she knew it wasn’t written by her. “But Nicole Williams is very close to Helen Miller, and Helen would have the knowledge to do that. YET WHEN MS. WILLIAMS SPEAKS AT MEETINGS REGARDING THIS ISSUE SHE KNOWS HER MATERIAL AND IS EXTREMELY ARTICULATE.
Stacy continued as she loves to talk about herself “I don’t know. It’s possible that I probably said, “DON’T talk about this in front of Anita, “ because I know how close she is with Nicole Williams.
“And I guess, from what I heard from just people, because they all seemed to have lived here a long time, that her family, Nicole Williams’ family, has been so stuck on that idea of rebuilding those ruins, and they fight like crazy against anybody who wants to remove the eye sore and build something there.”
After reading Tebo’s statements it is evident she should never have been in a management position. She doesn’t know how to raise employees to new heights, but rather uses fear to control. She does not have staff meetings nor does she make new policies which are more in tune with today’s world. Her main objective is to sit in her office and not be bothered by anyone but rather e-mails her staff. How would anyone like to work under these conditions.
As the town manager, what are your duties?
A. To oversee the day-to-day operations of the town.
Q.Are you the highest ranking employee of the town? And what I mean by that is, I’m not referring to, I guess the council members are not employees, right?
Not really. They get paid once a month.
Very little to do that job, actually.
And then they hire you?
A. Uh-huh. There’s five of them, and so I ‘m the highest employee. And then the other employees arebeneath me,if that’s what you mean.
They’re all subordinate to you?
And what are the different departments that you supervise?
The police department, fire department, public works, utilities, finance. Just general administration, I guess you’d call it.
Q.Okay. And is he also performing the public works duties as well?
He’s taking care of some of Kenny’s responsibilities, but we also have an inmate crew from the prison that does a lot of our public works. The guy that runs that crew, the officer’s name is Ray Vaughn and he’s extremely helpful.
Q. All right. And what is Ms. Rivers’ chain of command?
Who does she answer to?
Q. Is there ever a point in time where she answers to Ms. Tomlinson?
Yes. She’s –as the billing clerk. She’s the one that sends the monthly water and sewer bills out to the customers and works with Pam to correct inconsistencies that we had most recently in the audit, because we got a new auditor last year. And I think they had the same auditor for about 20 years, and the prior auditor wasn’t doing his job or finding anything; so they retained somebody else. So as a result, last year, there were numerous findings in our audit report. And when it came back this year in March –that’s Ken Daniels from Jasper – there were two findings that we had from last year that appeared again. (THE PROBLEM WAS THE PREVIOUS CPA COVERED UP ALL OF SHIRLEY HEATH, PAM TOMLINSON’S MISTAKES AND ELECTED NOT TO APPRISE COUNCIL OF THE PROBLEMS)
So during the course of the year, we were supposed to be correcting the one finding regarding the deposits, what we had on the books didn’t match what we had on the accounts. And this was something that was a source of friction, it seemed, between Pam and Anita, because I kept saying, “We need to do this on a monthly reconciliation” and Anita was to help Pam do that. And so Pam would ask her, but Anita would often say she didn’t understand or she just didn’t do it.
IT WAS NEVER ANITA RIVERS’ JOB AT HER LOW SALARY AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT AND ANITA WISHED TO LEARN MORE AND MOVE UP THE LADDER but WAS NEVER GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY. ALTHOUGH STACY TEBO BRINGS ANITA DOWN, FROM WHAT I CAN SEE, ANITA RIVERS IS FAR MORE INTELLIGENT THAN STACY IS AND HAS TREATED PEOPLE WELL UNLIKE TEBO AND TOMLINSON. I GUESS I CANNOT UNDERSTAND HOW A MANAGER DOES NOT GET INVOLVED BY TRAINING STAFF AND ASSISTING THEM; BUT I GUESS STACY TEBO DOESN’T HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HER STAFF IS DOING OR HAVE ANY POLICIES OR JOB DESCRIPTIONS IN PLACE.. FURTHERMORE, CONTRARY TO WHAT STACY TEBO HAS STATED, THE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT POSITION HAS A JOB DESCRIPTION. AND IF THAT JOB DESCRIPTION HAD NOT BEEN CHANGED, IT IS NOT ANITA’S FAULT.
So there was some kind of direction that came from Pam with those kinds of things because she was to help her with finance. Sometimes, I would hear Anita say, “Well, that’s not my job because I’m not finance.”
So, I mean, it’s a really small staff; so you have to be willing to do everything.
Q.Was that a — was that relationship, were there issues with it, problems, arguments, anything of that nature, predating your starting?
I don’t know if they had arguments
.Q.I mean, did she ever tell you that they had a history before you started?
I’m not really sure the first time that she talked to me about Pam. I knew that she disliked her as well as Shirley Heath.
Q.How did you know that?
She told me that.
Yeah. And she – you know, just comments that she would make like “She’s a big gossip” not to Pam but speaking about Shirley. And there just seemed to be a divide when I got there between Pam and Andrew – well, it seems as if – I noticed that Tracy went to lunch every day with Anita.
I CONCUR AND MS. HEATH WAS ONE OF THE BEST LIARS EVER.
Q.Tracy is your police chief?
Uh-huh. So she was quite —Anita was very friendly with the police officers that would come in. So they weren’t there all the time, but it seemed that she really liked them. So I noticed she spoke to them, you know, in personal terms and was very talkative to them in ways that she wasn’t when Pam and Andrew were in the area. And because I didn’t know any of them – I mean, I didn’t even know White Springs existed before I applied for the job. So I came from a fresh perspective. I saw that there was already some tension that for some reason was there.
Pam and Andrew seemed to get along very well. And Anita and Tracy seemed to get along very well, but the two sides – I’m just calling them sides. Those two groups didn’t seem to be as frendly with each other is what I’m saying that I noticed as an outsider.
Q Did you ever talk to these two groups about trying to become more close with one another, work together better or anything of that nature?
I didn’t specifically say it that way, but I did try to make that change, yes.
Q How did you do that?
I had a — I had a staff meeting and bought everybody lunch. We had a —then we had a Christmas.I tried to — I just tried to include them in different conversations that I was having that I normally wouldn’t ask anybody’s opinion on. I might include, say, Andrew and Tracy in some –some problem that I was trying to resolve or an issue. I would say “Hey, do you know about this?” And just try to include several people in the conversation so they felt like they were working together.
I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF SUCH A STUPID APPROACH. SHE SHOULD HAVE HAD A MEETING WITH EACH TO DETERMINE THE PROBLEM; THEN A STAFF MEETING AS TO THERE BEING NO I IN TEAM; WHAT SHE EXPECTED OF THE TEAM, WHAT THE DUTIES MAY BE, AND STIPULATING SOME OF THE ISSUES WITHOUT POINTING FINGERS, AND ASKING THAT THEY ALL WORK TOGETHER FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE TOWN. INSTEAD OF LOCKING HER DOOR AND E-MAILING AND PLACING THE FEAR OF GOD FOR ANYONE who DARES ENTER HER CHAMBERS, SHE SHOULD HAVE HAD AN OPEN DOOR POLICY AND SET TIME FRAMES WHEN EACH INDIVIDUAL MAY COME BY TO ADDRESS ANY DISCREPANCIES OR PROBLEMS.
Q Did they – any of them, Pam, Andrew, Ms. Rivers, the police chief, ever talk to you about what the genesis of their issues were?
No. I did notice that – well, Tracy stopped going to lunch with Anita not long after I started working there, maybe –
Q Do you know why?
– a month or two. I don’t know. It wasn’t very long.
AND NOW IT IS HELEN MILLER’S FAULT OF COURSE; IT COULD NOT BE STACY’S FOR BEING A POOR MANAGER. REALLY! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? HELEN ELUDES POWER AND STACY CAN ONLY ELUDE FEAR TO HER SUBORDINATES. SHE OBVIOUSLY IS JEALOUS BECAUSE HELEN WORKS VERY HARD FOR THE CITIZENS AND STACY DOES NOT HAVE THE ABILITY.
No, I don’t know. I do think it all had something to do with Helen, though. Helen Miller is a council person, and she used to be the mayor and she’s quite close to Anita and Tracy.
Q She’s a council member?
And former mayor?
Q Why do you think Ms. Miller had anything to do with it?
Well, I noticed when I first started there that she would call around 9:00 every morning and speak to Anita. We have caller ID’ so it’s easy to see who’s calling.
Q Do you know what they would talk about?
No. It was just like a long, friendly conversation, it seemed, but it was every single day.
And my fourth day at work, the first Monday because I started on a Wednesday, that first Monday Helen called and wanted me to meet her down the street at the pizza place; and she kept me there for three hours. And she was —wanted to convince me that I needed to fire Pam and gave me all these reasons why and told me all kinds of things about the place in general going back to the old city manager Robert Townsend.
So she said that really the only decent employees there were Tracy, and that she was trying to create a professional police department and Anita and pretty much everybody else she held high disdain for.
Q Okay. So after you leave this meeting with Ms. Miller, she wants you to terminate Ms. Tomlinson; what do you do?
I go, “Thank God I’m out of that meeting” go back to town hall.
Q I understand because I spoke with Ms. Tomlinson not to long ago, that she’s still employed.
Q–follow Ms. Miller’s suggestion?
No, I don’t ever follow her suggestions; so that’s why she doesn’t like me.
Q Ms. Miller?
Q Now, with respect to – Ms. Rivers and the police chief stopping lunch, do you believe that Ms. Miller persuaded them or suggested that they shouldn’t go to lunch together every day –
I don’t really know if she had anything to do with that.
Q Has Ms. Brown ever spoken to you about Ms. Rivers or Ms. Tomlinson?
Yes. Tonja told me about a complaint that Anita made to the commission on ethics, but Anita had already told me about that herself prior.
Q All of that predated you?
Q So you only know what they have each told you?
Q But evidently Ms. Brown and Ms. Rivers are not friendly. Is that fair to say?
That’s the way it seemed to me when I got there. When Tonja would come — she always — when I first started, she would come Friday afternoons to see me late in the day and Anita didn’t greet her ever. So there was a coldness there. And she would be that way to Tonja’s mother also, Dorothy Brown, because she lived in town and would come pay her bill and she didn’t like her — she doesn’t like her either. After a while, that seemed to dissipate.
As I got a better relationship with Tonja for some reason, Anita started acting like she liked Tonja. And actually one day Tonja had come in for something and was sitting in the area where Anita sits and then she went to leave through the back door, and Anita left for a few minutes. And when she came back, she said, “Hey, I just want you to know that I just apologized to Tonja.”
I said “for What?” She’s like “Well you know I told her I didn’t really mean what I did and I shouldn’t have done that and I shouldn’t have sent in that complaint to the commission on ethics, and you know, I just wanted to apologize.”
I was like “Oh, why are you telling me that ? She’s like, “Well, I just thought you should know.”
And I thought that was strange. And that really wasn’t all that long ago. It was probably — it’s been less than six months.
AND REGARDING ANITA’S ARTICLES ON FACEBOOK: (To include also Joe Griffin in the mix)
A. Well, I do not know — I don’t remember about the text. I remember we had the conversation in my office. She did say “It’s my First Amendment right.” And I said, “Now you sound like Joe Griffin.”
KOBERLEIN: I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND.
TEBO: “Now you sound like Joe Griffin”
BY MR. LARKIN:
Q You did not say that?
Yeah I did
Q And I guess, for the record, Mr. Griffin is a citizen in town?
And I did tell her that we get enough from Joe Griffin. I mean, if you don’t know anything about the guy, he’s like this citizen that constantly complained and has a blog, and he’s like, bad.
I said, “We get enough problems from the outside. Let’s not create our own problems from the inside” is what I said. And I said “Please, please don’t” —“please don’t write something like that again, “ and that was pretty much it.
Q All right. And you mentioned that Rhett Bullard and Walter McKenzie were two of the people that complained about this Facebook post?
Q Do you recall what specifically they said?
Well, Rhett said that he was getting numerous complaints about it and people calling him, saying that they thought that I was out of line and some calls like the one old lady I was telling you about that was trying to explain herself to me that she wasn’t, you know, a loser, and then some other person that was disabled.And there was also somebody that sent me a message of it on Facebook, but I don’t know who it was. It was like some generic name.
Walter pretty much said the same thing to me as Rhett did, but not as much. Rhett is very accessible to citizens and people feel like they can easily talk to him. So he’ll get a lot more feedback than Walter will.
Q Now I guess I’m going to kind of skip ahead a little bit, but there is another issue concerning Ms. Rivers and her posting on Facebook that occurs, I believe, earlier this year, in March of this year, and it has to do with May Day. Do you recall having a talk with Ms. Rivers about a post that she made on her Facebook page about May Day of this year?
Q What do you recall about that issue?
I just sent her an email about it. I didn’t speak to her about it. So I believe you probably have it.
THE EMAIL IS PULLED:
Q Okay.. Good. Now, other than this email, you didn’t have any conversations with her?
No. She overheard me having conversations regarding that when I started getting phone calls about it. It was centered around golf carts.
Q Okay. And did Ms. Rivers indicate in her Facebook that golf carts wouldn’t be allowed or something to that effect?
Q Okay. And I guess that was — evidently the people that were attending the May Day Festival wanted to use golf carts, and this was not received well?
Well, in the past, they had done these on-day golf cart permits. And because they’ve always allowed this big party to happen — they get people from different states, just thousands that come in, and people will buy these one-day golf cart permits and it was becoming unsafe. They had, you know, children riding around on them. There was people blocking the roads. 41 was actually shut down last year.
So in an attempt to make the event safer, I decided to attend all of their meetings, because they’re not —the group is just a community group. It’s not a real board or a committee. So I started meeting with them twice a month.
And then Anita wasn’t at any of these meetings, and she put out —which I never saw it. I just heard the complaining about it, that there was going to be no block parties, you know, with capitals, like, “no this, no that,” and just a lot of things that — she hadn’t been present and I hadn’t asked her to put out the information.
And I was trying to ease into it because it had been such a , like, free-for-all last year that I was trying to get the committee- the group of citizens to come to the conclusions on their own without me telling them this is the way it’s going to be because I don’t want to be perceived that way. So she kind of messed that up for me with putting that out there like that in such a way.
Q You wanted the communication to be a little more delicate
–Q –Rather than directive that they’re not going to do these things.?
Yes, I wanted them to think that they made the decision. There’s the one I was looking for from September.
Q So you see these emails, they’re brought to your attention –or these Facebook posts ; they’re brought to your attention, and all you do is speak to her about separating her personal Facebook from town business. You don’t do any type of discipline or anything of that nature.
No. In retrospect, it seems like I maybe should have done more, but I didn’t you know. I thought I could just talk to her and that she wouldn’t do anything like that further.
Q And then I guess March 2nd you offer her to go to a webinar for social media that you’re also going to attend?
Yeah. It was free training, so –
Q And then March 7th she does another post on her Facebook about the May Day festivities.
Q Did she ever attend the social media webinar?
Yeah. The webinar was just recently
Q Okay, Now, Ms. Rivers and Ms. Tomlinson, though, I guess, back in 2016, around July, do you recall Ms. Rivers complaining about Ms. Tomlinson?
Yeah, I went on vacation to New York with my son…..so I was gone for about a week and a half from work and I didn’t check my email at all while I was gone, and – I was truly on vacation.
So I had left Tracy as the acting town manager, the police chief. And when I saw my emails, Anita had emailed this complaint, complaining about Pay, saying that she had used the word damn. “This is your damned job, “ or something like that, that she was rude to her in some kind of way. And I don’t recall right now, but you probably have the email, right?
Q After you got that email, and you got back from vacation, what, if anything, did you do?
Well, I talked to Pam, but I never told her that—I never showed her that at all, because there had been — I didn’t want to damage the relationship further that I – – from the beginning, I saw that it wasn’t so great. So I had talked to her about using the word “damn” and she’s like, “I know. I just got upset”, and you know, “ I apologize and I promise I won’t do it again.” I was like, “You just can’t do that. You can’t talk to her that way.
And I had never experienced Pam – if anything, she uses these older person kind of words like fiddle-dee-dee or something like that. Which the first time she said it, I laughed because I thought, “o, my gosh. Is she serious?” Yeah, she says stuff like that. So I hadn’t – I’d never heard her use any profanity. So I did talk to her about it and she assured me that she got upset about it and it wouldn’t happen again. I never heard her do it again.
I had asked Tracy, because apparently this happened in Pam’s office, and there wasn’t anybody else there. And Tracy had said, :Well, yeah. You know, I think when you’re not around she just” —“she’s not” – “she’s kind of rude to people in general. She’s always like that.
Q The police chief said that about Pam to you?
Yeah. But then I also knew that she disliked Pam, too, from the beginning.
Q Okay. So, given that perspective, you thought – – you thought the police chief’s complaints about Ms. Tomlinson were perhaps blown out of proportion?
Well, she didn’t really say to much about that actually. She just said what I said and that “Well, when you’re not here, she’s kind of rude to everybody.”
Q All right. So not just Ms. Rivers?
Q But had you witnessed Ms. Tomlinson be rude to other people?
WE KNOW FOR A FACT THAT IS A BLATANT LIE BECAUSE STACY HEARS SOME OF THE RUDE COMMENTS MADE DIRECTLY TO JOE AS TO I AND PAM WILL NOT PROVIDE DOCUMENTS SHE ACTUALLY HAS IN POSSESSION WHICH IS A TEBO PLOY.
Although the Town Manager is responsible for all departments in the original Town Charter, it was later amended that the Department shall be supervised by the Chief of Police….and that the Police Chief shall be responsible to and report to the Town Manager but only the council has the right to hire and fire police officers.
ANB’s investigator Robert E. Larkin III The Council as a whole did not vote on securing an outside attorney in the Rivers’ case,
The Town manager advises the council on their decisions but has no formal authority to vote on laws enacted by the council. Once laws or other decisions are made, the Town manager is ultimately responsible for carrying out the council’s wishes.
A Town manager must always be cognizant of how actions he or she takes will be perceived by the individual Town council members, citizens and Town staff.
Even though the Town manager has the authority to make termination decisions, a prudent Town manager will seek the informal approval of the mayor and key council members as well as obtain a legal opinion from the Town attorney. At the very least the manager should inform the council when an employee is terminated so that they don’t find out about the situation in the media should the fired employee take the situation public.
It was Dr, Miller’s right, as a voted council member, to handle certain events that have continually been handled throughout the years by the Town of White Springs, without Stacy Tebo’s micromanagement. The Town Manager was not voted for by the Citizens; council members are voted in by the Citizens.
That’s a different kind. That’s not a full-time position. It’s a volunteer Fire Department. So the chief position had previously been held by Steve Stith and he quit last June. So I really didn’t have much to do with the fire department at that time. He got a monthly salary. I never saw him in town hall, and he rarely came to meetings. So he was in charge of getting volunteers for the department.
And Andrew was already the assistant at that time and received a small monthly stipend; both the chief and the assistant chief did. Andrew for doing all of the reporting into the national reporting system online that the chief didn’t do.
So when Steve left, Kevin was already one of the volunteers. I hadn’t met him, but Andrew had come to me and said that Kevin wanted – was interested in it, and he already had the certification for Firefighter 2; so that was good, because I had nobody else. So I told him to come in. He came in, and it’s been great because our fire department has turned into a really good fire department from what we had.
Q.Did you have an opportunity prior to your starting or around the time that you started to interact with any of the prior town managers
I met Shirley Heath
Q.And when you met Ms. – was it Heath?
Uh-huh. Heath, h-e-a-t-h- Because I worked with her three days. I started on a Wednesday.So she had been the interim town manager a few times, maybe three – Fred would know—two or three times at least, and she was the town clerk
STACY ALSO RECEIVED CONSIDERABLE HELP FROM JOE GRIFFIN. SINCE STACY STARTED AT THE TIME BUDGETS WERE BEING MADE, JOE SENT HER THE TOWN BUDGET PLUS BUDGETS HE ALSO PREPARED ON EXCEL WITH SUGGESTIONS AND INFORMATION, OF WHICH SHE DESIRED BUT HAD NO INPUT BUT LEFT IT IN THE HANDS OF THE COUNCIL AND HEATH. IT WAS NOTED TEBO WAS NOT A HANDS ON PERSON NOR DID SHE FAMILIARIZE HERSELF WITH TOWN OPERATIONS. WE EVEN PURCHASED A LARGE DECORATED BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR STACY AND THE OFFICE TO ENJOY ON STACY’S BIRTHDAY.
Further it is noted from the Attorney’s questions that he is a professional. And although he could not find grounds for discrimination against Rivers by Stacy Tebo, it is obvious that he brought out many factors which result in Stacy Tebo being a terrible manager.
Tebo was so ridiculous, she just kept digging a hole for herself by just talking and talking making her less credible since she had no facts but assumptions alone. I guess her MPA did not assist her and perhaps managers are born
According to Attorney Larkin, Koberlein told him that he, Koberlein, had Council approval to hire him, Larkin, to do the interviews “depositions” in the Anita Rivers case. No such approval from the Council was forth-coming in a Public Meeting, that is in the Sunshine. It is not the first time Koberlein or the town has violated the Sunshine Law, it is believed.
There is a waiver in the law that says an Attorney, in an emergency, can contact all, repeat ALL, of the Council members, explain the situation, and take that as “marching orders”. Two Council meetings were had and nothing was suggested by Koberlein’s assoctions?
iate lawyer about the need to hire a “hired gun” from Tallahassee or anywhere else in the state. So much for the EMERGENCY. The second requirement of the waiver is that ALL council members be contacted. At least two, if not four, of the Council members were not personally contacted by Mr. Koberlein. I have no doubt that Rhett was contacted and he, Rhett, told Koberlein that Willie and Tonja would vote with him in approving the hiring of Mr. Larkin. The waiver says ALL which didn’t happen. That is the problem of
The attorney referred to “the power of three”. Tebo said that it was Nicole’s post and confirmed the three would be. Stacy stated that Rivers supported Tom Moore and made a comment when she went into the precinct that she was only going to vote for one, and that would be Tom Moore. S Mr. Bullard, Ms. Brown and Mr. Jefferson, the three council members that support Tebo.
On election day, Tebo advised the attorney that he had not asked her about Facebook and the Town’s page that Tebo had created. That was the day Tebo had Rivers password changed. Tebo starts “I was at the polling place, and she and I are the only person that updated that page. So she would put up flyers if I wanted, whatever, to help me. So,, I’m at the polling place, and somebody calls me and says Nicole, or Nikki, Williams is at the S & S Store talking on the phone to Anita and she’s at town hall, and something about MY– the town’s Facebook page and something I posted And I said, “All I posted was that it’s election day. Remember to vote.” Tebo starts “I was at the polling place, and she and I are the only person that updated that page. So she would put up flyers if I wanted, whatever, to help me. So,, I’m at the polling place, and somebody calls me and says Nicole, or Nikki, Williams is at the S & S Store talking on the phone to Anita and she’s at town hall, and something about MY– the town’s Facebook page and something I posted And I said, “All I posted was that it’s election day. Remember to vote.” She then said “So Nicole had put these things like, “ PSA, You don’t have to vote for two people. You can vote for only one.” And, “Don’t forget you’ve already been paid. So go vote” “Obviously, I’m not going to put these things – a lot of things on the town page, because what she’s saying is that Rhett Bullard has paid people off to vote for him and Tonja. “Vote Tom Moore. Let’s change the power of three. Let’s change the corruption of the third degree.”
This is the last time I am going to warn you about contacting me outside of the appropriate methods previously discussed with you. It is never acceptable for you to contact me at my home or personal email address. It is none of your business where I reside in Lake City, who I live with, the status of my DeBary lawsuit, my medical history, or any other part of my personal life.
The town provides an email account for the manager to conduct town business; that email address is email@example.com. The Town Hall phone number is 386-397-2310, and that is also another acceptable means of communication for town-related business. You may use either of these methods to contact the town.
I want to be very clear with you, as you did not understand the previous three times I told you not to email me. Your communication is unwelcome. Stop it.
This is the last time I am going to warn you about contacting me outside of the appropriate methods previously discussed with you. It is never acceptable for you to contact me at my home or personal email address. It is none of your business where I reside in Lake City, who I live with, the status of my DeBary lawsuit, my medical history, or any other part of my personal life………..Oct 5
Tebo stated in her application “For my last 3 ½ years there, I managed the occupational licensing and code enforcement divisions. White Springs is a small organization and I wear many hats. I oversee all aspects of town services so the work is never boring. However, I prefer being a city clerk over being a town manager. I’m also quite homesick and would love to return to Orange City full-time. I worked in the City of Sanford Community Development Department for seven years and gained extensive knowledge of planning, grants, code enforcement, condemnations, permits and licensing. Being the code enforcement manager exposed me to many challenging situations. I reported monthly to the City Commission and the Code Enforcement Board. “
Unbelievable: Not only was she involved in code enforcement but answered questions regarding city processes, City Charter, Code of Ordinances, Land Development Code and applicable FL Statutes. She Trained city staff on public records law and State retention guidelines…and Today, she does not appear to do anything but Manage Staff, and poorly, plus work with our Grant People in an attempt to handle grants. She formulates a budget but does not wish a workshop with citizens and spends most of her day, from what it appears, behind closed doors, emailing her employees instead of discussing items as a real manager would do. Wow, where is the woman who applied? I love that she stated reorganization rather than being fired and verbally stated she had problems with the Manager of DeBary. Of course, Stacy Tebo may never be considered at fault. What has she really done for White Springs except cost the Taxpayers money?
Secondly, Ms. Tebo you do not follow the sunshine laws relating to the request of public records. There is no such thing as 30 days and if the office was more efficient with an efficient management, the Sunshine laws could be followed easily
Thirdly, we did not care where you lived but your Contract which has expired stated “The Manager agrees to maintain her primary residence within a thirty (30) minute response time to the Town throughout the life of the agreement. Lake City is within 30 minutes”and a resolution was passed by the Council. Information showed that you r primary and permanent address is Orange City in Volusia County, Florida. Your voter information is there; your driver’s license and you took every Monday off to be at your permanent residence. The matter has been concluded by the council and we no longer care about where you live. It was a matter of your breach of contract. And, contrary to your paranoia, which has been stated to other employees, we never followed you to your home, nor is it something we cared to do. Contrary to your belief, we just do not care what you do except when you do something against the Charter, the law, or your contract. THIS COMPLAINT RELATIVE TO WHERE SHE LIVES ACTUALLY WAS HANDLED BY THE COUNCIL.
Also Joe has tried leaving you a message two days in a row but your voice mail was full and unanswered.
Furthermore, in your statement, which I remind you is a public record, you did not need to bring Joe Griffin into the picture stating such things, as Tonja Brown has, that Joe is a “Bad Man” and that Anita sounded like “Griffin” when she spoke about her first amendment rights. You did these things; you did not change these comments; and now you are trying to intimidate us for such things as you have made as public record.
I know Anita Rivers placed our blog download on your computer so I realize I do not have to send you an e-mail to one address or another because you seem to be into our blog more than the average person.
6.2 UNILATERAL SEVERANCE. The Council may end the employment relationship and terminate this Agreement, at the pleasure of the Council. If the Council determines that it desires a Unilateral Severance,it shall require a 4 to 1 vote for termination by the Council. The Town shall provide written notice to the Manager at least thirty (30) days in advance of the effective date of such termination. Upon a Unilateral Severance the Manager shall be entitled to thirteen (13) weeks of severance pay from the Town.
Currently without a contract, Stacy Tebo is an “At Will” Employee.
What this means is that Ms. Tebo, because of all the time she has taken off for personal appointments, without contract, would not be paid leave accrued. Furthermore since the contract has not been renewed, should Ms. Tebo be terminated for cause, she will not receive her 13 weeks of Severance to which she was entitled to under contract.
It is sad indeed that our Mayor Bullard did not understand Ms. Tebo’s contract because when her working hours were questioned, he made the excuse that she attends meetings and events, which her contract stipulates are mandatory and a part of her compensation; Furthermore, she was not even present during Hurricanes but rather went to Volusia County where she permanently resides.
An “At –Will Employee” refers to an employee whom an employer can terminate at will for any reason or for no reason at all.
According to the At-Will Employment doctrine employment is presumed to be voluntary and indefinite for both employees and employers. The employees may generally quit their jobs at anytime and for any, no or even unfair reasons. Likewise the employers may generally fire or layoff employees at anytime and for any or no reasons.
Another Reason why the council must determine a re-draft of Stacy Tebo’s contract ( if the three decide to retain her as Town Manager by reason there is no concern for the way she is operating the town in spite of HER opioid abuse).
Tebo’s contract stated under 2.3 CRITICISMS, COMPLAINTS AND SUGGESTIONS. The Council individually and collectively, shall refer in a timely manner all substantive criticism, complaints and suggestions called to the Council’s attention to the Manager for study and/or appropriate action, and the Manager shall refer the matter(s) to the appropriate Town employee or shall investigate such matter(s) and inform the Council of the results of such efforts.
As we have stated our Town Attorney, Frederick Koberlein, has indicated how complaints should be handled. But here we have the fact that Ms. Tebo should have been handling complaints, which she has never done. In fact she has hidden such complaints and Rhett Bullard has indicated no one needs to handle complaints; and of course Bullard and his two councilors, Brown and Jefferson have found nothing substantive including those matters relating to the law. Yet Bullard is an attorney. Really?
2.4 HOURS OF WORK. The Manager acknowledges the proper performance of the Town Manager’s Duties require the manager to generally observe normal business hours and will also often require the performance of necessary services outside of the normal business ours.
The Manager agrees to devote additional time as is necessary for the full and proper performance of the Town Manager’s Duties and that the compensation herein provided includes compensation for the performance of such services.
The Manager will devote full time and effort to the performance of the Town Manager’s Duties and shall remain in the exclusive employ of the Town during the term of this Agreement.
The Manager, with the prior consent of the Council, may accept outside professional employment which does not interfere with the Manager performing the Town Manager’s Duties. The term “outside professional employment” means professional services proovided to third parties for which the Manager is compensated and which are performed on the Manager’s time off.
Stacy Tebo has for her first year of service and for part of her second year, taken Monday’s off for the reason Rhett Bullard stated as being doctor’s appointments. She also has left early on Fridays and many times left Anita Rivers handling the office alone. We determined that this amounted to $11,000 of her first year’s salary, so if this is continued the contract needs to be changed because the $55,000 we pay her includes: additional time as is necessary for the full and proper performance of the Town Manager’s Duties and that the compensation herein provided includes compensation for the performance of such services.
Therefore, it is only fair that Ms. Tebo, should she decide to continue taking additional time off instead of working normal business hours should have a salary reduction of $11,000 or be paid $44,000 yearly plus benefits. And if there is concern about one employee relying heavily on the utilization of health insurance, our Town will have to agree to also including Stacy Tebo under our health insurance for medical services to stop her abuse of opioids.
The personnel Manual offers employees accrued sick leave on the following basis:
- Eight (8) hours per calendar month effective upon employment
- Ten (10) hours per calendar month after completion of five (5 ) years service
- Twelve (12) hours per calendar month after completion of ten (10 years of service,
The personnel manual stipulates that Credits for annual leave shall be allowed on the following basis:
- Eight (8) hours per calendar month effective upon employment
- Ten (10) hours per calendar month after completion of five (5 ) years service
- Twelve (12) hours per calendar month after completion of ten (10 years of service, which currently applies to Kenny Hutcherson and Tracy Rodriquenz.
- Annual leave may be accumulated as stated above, but may not exceed (30) days or (240 )hours unless approved in writing by the Town Manager. ..Thus Ms. Tebo may have waived these requirements for Rodriquenz …and Kenny Hutcherson who has been a valued employee for some 40 plus years.
- Voluntary separation from the Town through resignation or retirement will be paid for all accrued Annual leave. Any employee who is terminated for cause shall not be paid for accrued annual leave time.
P.S. THE COUNCIL IS SUPPOSED TO EVALUATE THE TOWN MANAGER ANNUALLY. IS THERE EVEN A PROCEDURE? OBVIOUSLY THE COUNCIL ITSELF IS IN BREACH.
COUNCILORS, REMEMBER WHEN YOU CHANGED WHERE MS. TEBO MAY LIVE, DID YOU DO IT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONTRACT? any modification to the agreement shall be accomplished in writing and affixed to the most recent agreement.
The problem at the Town Hall stems from corruption over the years. The Town’s officials have done nothing for the Citizens themselves but have broken every law possible relating to the Sunshine Laws, the Constitution, Land Development Regulations, Ordinances, etc. There is a certain Nepotism that goes on between the officials and favors for some but not for all. Tomlinson and Heath have known where the bodies are buried and no one dares to touch them. Plus it does not bother some like Tomlinson and Heath to do something unlawful if it benefits them or gets the right people in office.
All of you thought we Griffins were the nut cases and everyone pounced on us, stating we were the “bad” people. Now you see in the case of Rivers and of Dr. Helen Miller what they are capable of. Of course the attorneys are going to make the Town look good and save Tebo because after all they are getting paid to do so. As a result they will smear a wonderful young lady like Rivers and make it seem like she was delusional. I guarantee this Town will go down because the Universe does not allow something so bad last for so long without those responsible being caught.
RHETT – HE NEEDS TO PAY HIS SEWER TAP FEES ACCORDING TO THE MUNICIPAL ORDINANCES AND THE TOWN CHARTER.
ELIMINATE THE INTERFUND TRANSFER FROM THE ENTERPRISE ACCOUNT TO THE GENERAL FUND ACCOUNT. This will make the transfers revenue neutral.
CUT DOWN ON LEGAL EXPENSES. IF YOU TREAT ALL PEOPLE EQUALLY AND FAIRLY AND OBEY NOT SOME BUT ALL OF THE LAWS OF THE LAND YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE ANY PROBLEMS. BUT WE DON’T TREAT PEOPLE FAIRLY AND EQUALLY AND WE DON’T FOLLOW ALL OF THE LAWS, NOT EVEN SOME OF THE LAWS, REQUIRED OF MUNICIPAL AGENCIES AND OFFICERS.
SERVE THE PEOPLE. WILLIE AND TONJA VOTE WITH RHETT 100% OF THE TIME. THE HOUSE IS BURNING DOWN AND WILLIE AND TONJA WOULD STILL VOTE THAT THERE WAS NO FIRE IF THAT IS WHAT RHETT WANTED THEM TO DO. THIS CAUSES A MAJORITY OF ONE, RHETT, DECIDING TOWN DECISIONS. THEY ARE NOT REPRESENTING THE CITIZENS WHEN THEY DON’T VOTE FOR TRUTH AND IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CITIZENS. CUT TOWN COUNCIL SALARIES IN HALF. TONJA AND WILLIE USE THEIR TOWN SALARIES AS AN INCOME STREAM BUT AS STACY SAID IN HER DEPOSITION, THE COUNCIL DOES NOTHING AT ALL. SALARIES SHOULD REFLECT THAT SIMPLE FACT
Fearful managers are afraid of everyone they meet until they establish that they can cow and bully them. Fear and hostility are two sides of the same coin. They turn into pit vipers when their authority is questioned. It’s not worth it to you to pretend to be meek and pliable when you interview with a fearful manager. Fearful managers do not want to learn anything new. They already know everything the
THIS CHARGE IS RIDICULOUS IN THAT STACY TEBO HAD BEEN WORKING WITH LIEUTENANT MUSGROVE. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE RELATES TO PROGRAMS WHICH CAN BE OFFERED BY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. LIEUTENANT MUSGROVE HAD GIVEN INFORMATION REGARDING THE $40,000 AWARD AND WHITE SPRINGS UNDER HAMILTON COUNTY WOULD HAVE RECEIVED $22,000 FOR STAFFING. YET IT APPEARS THAT WHITE SPRINGS WOULD HAVE TO SCREEN THOSE WHO WOULD BE WORKING ON THE PROGRAM FOR MORE THAN TEN HOURS A MONTH. IN ALL OF STACY TEBO’S CORRESPONDENCE, NO WHERE DID I SEE ANYTHING RELATING TO WHAT IF ANYTHING WAS DONE. AT ONE TIME LIEUTENANT MUSGROVE HAD TO ASK WHETHER WHITE SPRINGS WAS INTERESTED IN THE PROGRAM.
y want to know and have no interest in exploring new ideas.
They have no idea that they are fear-based managers — and no one around them will tell them the truth! They use fear to control people instead of trusting their teammates and inspiring them to do great things. Fear-based managers evaluate everyone they meet and quickly decide whether each person is predator, or prey. Anyone who looks like a predator — including a job-seeker who shows a little too much self-confidence — is shown the door at once
And Rhett and Tonja didn’t feel they have done anything to destroy White Springs. WRONG!!!
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