THE POWER OF THREE AND OUR TOWN MANAGER HAVE BROKEN MORE RULES ESTABLISHED UNDER THE TOWN CHARTER THAN ANYONE, INCLUDING DR. MILLER. BUT BECAUSE OF THEIR DISLIKE OF DR. MILLER, THEIR BIAS HAS RUN AMUCK AND RHETT NEEDS THOSE LESS EDUCATED AND IGNORANT TO BE ON THE COUNCIL BECAUSE HELEN MILLER MAKES THE POWER OF THREE LOOK LIKE IDIOTS WITHOUT EVEN TRYING.
The Town Manager per contract and section 6.09 Administration of the Budget, has the duty to review Budget reports with the department heads and to advise or be advised of any allotment which is in danger of being exceeded. Although 6.09 states the budget report review must take place at least once each quarter, Stacy Tebo’s contract stipulates it shall be monthly. But the power of three like Ms. Tebo so it does not matter if Ms. Tebo breaks the rules of the charter.
I bring this up because Rhett Bullard has allowed Ms. Tebo to do as she wishes. This means, in accordance with her own statement that there is no cap on legal expenses. Instead of utilizing our own Town Attorney at a lower cost, the power of three and Tebo have instead hired Stacy Tebo’s friend and co-worker at double the price at least of our own attorney. Yet, this is not Malfeasance on the part of Rhett Bullard for allowing Ms. Tebo to steal for her own benefit from the Town Budget and it should be.
When Helen Miller requested a check to be issued, the Town was contractually obligated. Furthermore, she, Dr. Miller was appointed by the Town Manager to handle or be the point man in conjunction with the contract. If there were no funds, Ms. Tebo should have apprised Dr. Miller because the funds were held by the Hamilton County School board for disbursement. But by Ms. Tebo’s own statements she would not speak to Dr. Miller and she does not like Dr. Miller. In essence, Dr. Miller had no choice but to ask staff for the funds. And with the power given Dr. Miller, she had the right to do so.
6.09 (b)3. Also states “Contracts or leases providing for payments beyond the end of the fiscal year must be approved by motion, resolution or ordinance passed by the Town Council.” Since all such contracts were approved by motion, there should not have been any problem to have made payment especially when the money was pending to be paid to the Town of White Springs. No one, however, reads the contracts but both Rhett Bullard and Town Clerk, Tomlinson signed the contract which stipulated such individuals were considered employees or staff of the Town of White Springs.
6.02 (a) also states “Submission to the Town Council At least three (3) months prior to the beginning of the fiscal year, the Town Manager shall after consulting with the local planning agency, prepare and submit to the Town Council a proposed five (5) year capital program which shall be in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan. This has never been done by Ms. Tebo and obviously Rhett Bullard has given her the right to change the budget as she sees fit even though the changes may be illegal.
The Town manger per 6.03 shall submit the budget for the ensuing fiscal year in accordance with general law (a) Each section of the budget shall be compiled by a department head in consultation with the Town Manager (b) The budget, in its entirety shall provide a complete financial plan for the ensuing fical year (c) Funds allocated for special projects must be identified by project title in the budget. This however, is not done because there is NO PLANNING in general.
The Town Council may by ordinance create additional departments or positions or dissolve existing departments or position by a 4/5 vote where necessary for the efficient operation of the Town. However neither is the Council, the Manager nor the Staff efficient. Tomlinson is not capable; Tebo spends all her time in the office handling her personal lawsuits and chatting with the Power of three.
You will recall that Dr. Miller was blamed for going directly to Pam Tomlinson, who is the Finance Director as well as the Town Clerk. Please refer to Section 5.01 Administrative Department, Town Clerk; (n) to perform such other duties as may be required by the Town Manager, Mayor and Town Council as well as other duties required by ordinances of the Town of White Springs and the laws of the State of Florida.
Also under Section 5.05 Police Department The Town Council shall have the sole discretion in determining the manner for providing law enforcement services for the safety and well being of the citizens of White Springs. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL BE SUPERVISED BY THE CHIEF OF POLICE. THE CHIEF OF POLICE SHALL BE A STATE CERTIFIED POLICE OFFICER HAVING RECENT AND CONTINUOUS LAW ENFORCEMENT AND SUPERVISORY EXPERIENCE ON A FULL TIME BASIS. The Police Chief shall be responsible to and report to the Town Manager. THE TOWN COUNCIL SHALL HAVE THE SOLE HIRING AND TERMINATION AUTHORITY FOR THE POLICE CHIEF. Yet with the Power of Three our police chief may not be certified and certainly does not continue law enforcement and supervisory experience on a full time basis.
Section 3.06 Personnel System, All appointments and promotions of Town officers except those specifically exempted by ordinance shall be made solely on the basis of merit and fitness demonstrated by examination or other evidence of competence and to this end, the COUNCIL SHALL, BY RESOLUTION, ESTABLISH PERSONNEL PROCEDURES AND POLICIES. YET none of the procedures currently in place are followed and that is okay with the power of three and the Town Manager. Helen Miller was the only council member who complained that certain procedures were not being followed.
Under 3.07 Administrative Code, The Manager shall develop and keep current an Administrative code for purpose of implementing ordinances passed by the Town Council. Stacy Tebo has not developed and kept current Administrative codes.
Under 3.05 Supervision of Departments….All departments, offices and agencies under the direction and supervision of the manager shall be administered by an officer appointed by and subject to the direction and supervision of the Manager. No one supervises Stacy Tebo and furthermore, she is allowed by Rhett Bullard to accomplish things which should go through the council for approval, much less be handled by the council (such as the hiring of attorneys).
Under Section 3.02 Powers and Duties of the Town Manager (j) provide staff support services for the Mayor and council members.
Section 3.02 (l) states “Provided, that nothing herein contained shall prevent the Town Council in the exercise of its legislative functions and powers from calling into consultation the boards or departments and other officers and employees of the Town, wherever, in the judgment of the Council, it may be necessary. Neither the council nor any Council Member shall interfere with the conduct of any department head, officer or employee in the discharge of his or her duties. In accordance with the evidence, what Dr. Miller was charged with does not meet “the interference with the conduct of any department head” and other areas stated above are in conflict especially 3.05 and 5.01. Some of the terms in the Charter are ambiguous in the least.
My question would be “WHY DOES TONJA BROWN SPEND EACH FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN STACY TEBO’S OFFICE?” To me that is really tortuous interference and taking far more time than Helen Miller did to request a check or request assistance. BUT IT SHOWS THE BIAS OF THE POWER OF THREE. IF THEY DO NOT LIKE SOMEONE, THEY WILL GET RID OF AN ELECTED COUNCIL MEMBER EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE BROKEN THE RULINGS OF THE CHARTER FAR MORE THAN HELEN MILLER. This is mainly because of Rhett Bullard’s jealousy of Helen B. Miller. Rhett Bullard is not a strong leader and the only way he can hand the situation is to have people who lack an education and are inferior to him on the Council.
Remember: Under Section 3.02 Powers and Duties of the Town Manager (j) provide staff support services for the Mayor and council members. Since Stacy Tebo dislikes Helen Miller and will not listen to her requests, Dr. Miller had no alternative but to request something through the administrative assistant who works for the Town Manager mainly.
This must be the reason the Town is utilizing the “interference” charge because technically when Dr. Miller requested assistance with Tables and Chairs, for which she was denied but still charged with “Malfeasance” she should have been assigned support staff …and not charged with Malfeasance. Furthermore the “interference” certainly does not fall under the definition of Malfeasance which the power of three and the manager should know. There was NO HARM IN ASKING.
IT APPEARS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL SUCH AS DR. MILLER HAS FEWER RIGHTS THAN THE ACTUAL CITIZENS WHO VOTED HER IN OFFICE, PER THIS POWER OF THREE AND WHY? IT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE ENVIOUS THAT DR. MILLER HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR THE CHILDREN AND THE CITIZENS OF THIS TOWN, AS WELL AS HOLDING OFFICE THROUGH VARIOUS BOARDS OF THE FLORIDA LEAGUE OF CITIES.