It would have been easier to have been rid of Ms. Tebo during her probationary period. Unfortunately, with Tebo being here for four years and she is under contract until 2020, the biggest thing is the fact that she will try to sue anyone even if everything is false. It will take four votes of the council to eliminate her and unfortunately two out of five councilors will do nothing about Tebo’s lack of commitment to the town, even though our liquidly is almost at zero. But if we are bankrupt, the County Takes over and Tebo will have no one to sue.
Stacy ultimately has proven to be a drag on the Town administration so much so that the will to retain her service is outweighed by the benefits of someone else doing the job. Ms Tebo is now in a place where citizens like myself want Stacy Tebo fired.
It has become necessary that the Council have candid conversations with Ms. Tebo at our meetings to indicate whether or not the relationship has any possibility of working out. Nobody wishes to be fired and with Ms. Tebo, she tries to sue even though she doesn’t have a ground to stand on. But the attorneys who have written the management contract have a lot to learn. There should have been clauses relating to specific violations wherein it would not require four votes of the council but rather a majority of three. We have a Town Manager who uses drugs, spends money without budgeting or realizing when there is a major problem. But mostly Ms. Tebo has no concern for the citizens of White Springs and is very nasty to the Citizens as well as certain council members.
Remember, Ms. Tebo, most municipalities are not as easy as White Springs which will hire anyone just to have a body in place. But it would be better if Ms. Tebo, would leave her job with White Springs since it is a bad fit for everyone. It may be easier to find a new job, while she’s still employed.
Perhaps The Town Council can discuss the possibility of Ms. Tebo becoming the Town Clerk and Finance Manager. After all, Ms. Tebo stated frequently that she does not enjoy being a manager, so why should the rest of us suffer because of it. Discuss Ms. Tebo taking over the Town Clerk and Finance Manager position and she then can most likely retain her contract and severance with no opportunity to sue. Frankly, she has handled her job so poorly, that there is no way that she would be able to sue us, but the fact is that her false accusations against other people cause years of defense cost; For DeBary, this has been ongoing for more than three years and I doubt if she will win. But seriously, Ms. Tebo would have to work a five day forty hour week. And if it doesn’t suit her, she can search for another job while working in White Springs.
We definitely need more than one performance evaluation a year, especially now, since Ms. Tebo has chosen to drain most of the Town’s resources without a Fiduciary responsibility to the Citizens. This money was not Tebo’s to spend and blaming the council when she has never given them a statement of how dire our financials are will not work. Tebo just didn’t do her job as was listed in Her contract, The Personnel Manual and the Charter from the time she has been employed by White Springs. And that is why you have kept Pam Tomlinson on even though she is ridden with mistakes and has never had an education in accounting and finance….but perhaps, Tebo doesn’t understand finance, or accounting either.
Unfortunately the way in which Ms. Tebo has performed her job, makes it extremely worthwhile for the Town to hire someone who understands all aspects of a municipality so that they can coach Tebo and assist her on an as-needs basis to detect and fix her many shortcomings so that she can still retain a job in White Springs, while searching for another
But alas, our council does not have the chutzpa to stand their ground and if nothing is done soon to reign in this financial problem and set policies for a leaner government, everyone will lose even the officials. This is the way I will see it handled: