Council how deep do you want to dig this hole.

Okay this is a good question for the Council.

Now we know there is a suit by Mr. Prueter.  And the Council and the Town Attorney are contending Mr. Jones is a consultant.   At the November 12th meeting, it was stated by Walter McKenzie that Mr. Jones will be the decision maker on who will be hired.  A meeting was to have been set up.

Then Mr. Prueter went on his military drill.  Most likely it may have been Mr. Jones who advised Mr. Prueter that he had to fight the fire near White Springs on November 16th.   If it was Mr. Jones, the Florida Municipal Insurance Trust will NOT defend Mr. Jones, because he is a consultant and should have his own insurance.  A General Liability policy includes Personal Injury and FMIT provides defense in addition to the limit of liability but only for employees and volunteers and NOT for consultants who again must have their own insurance.

Now FMIT, since the Town is being sued, will provide the Town Staff and Councilors defense and possibly defamation if there is an award, but FMIT can turn around and subrogate against Tommie Jones whose company Countyline Design Business Services has no insurance whatsoever.  Tommie Jones as a consultant is not covered under the Town Policy.  If he is considered an Employee Town Manager which the Town stated in their contract by not listing Consultant they may be able to bamboozle FMIT.  But when they find all paperwork and checks to the contrary, well I think if Tommie Jones was the one who demanded Prueter to return to White Springs from his military drill, Mr. Jones is in a barrel of trouble….and don’t say we did not warn you all.

All you people needed to do was make him an employee, have him complete an application, get a background check which is necessary with his criminal past so that any acts he may have done may be construed negligence rather than intentional acts, and take a drug test.  But no, if he was the one, the Town is in deep kimchi and poor Tommie is going down the rabbit hole of financial despair.

Lots of Luck on this one.  Who in their right minds would tell a military man to return home to fight a fire when he was on drill and then fire him.  By the way Countyline Design Business Services needs their own attorney because FMIT only defends the Town.   Now do you understand why Joe and I have been fighting so hard to make you understand…,.that is unless you wanted intentionally to place Mr. Jones in financial despair over these decisions.

5 Replies to “Council how deep do you want to dig this hole.

  1. IS TONJA BROWN SMARTER THAN THE REST OF THE COUNCIL? THE ONLY WAY THEY CAN ESCAPE THEIR STUPIDITY IS TO HANG TOMMIE JONES, CONSULTANT EXTRAORDINAIRE, OUT TO DRY. THE TOWN ATTORNEY CAN NOT REPRESENT A CONSULTANT, YOU FOOLS. TOMMIE MUST ARRANGE FOR HIS OWN LEGAL REPRESENTATION AND PAY THAT ATTORNEY’S FEES AND COSTS. WAY TO GO DAVID PREUTER

    JOE

  2. Joe,
    You are making a very big assumption that what Mr. Prueter is claiming is in fact what Mr. Jones allegedly told him, and friend that is a very big assumption. You know what they say you do when you when you assume. I don’t know what the conversation was between Mr. Jones & Mr. Prueter and no one else does either other than Mr. Jones & Mr. Prueter. What I do know is that Mr. Prueter did not inform the Town that he was in the military reserves at the time he was hired as Fire Chief. I know that when Pittman was Chief and going to be out of Town he tried to make arrangements to have coverage during his absence if at all possible. To the best of what I have been able to learn Prueter told no one he would be out of Town during the weekend in question. Prueter has filed a suit againts the Town not against Tommie Jones DBA County line Design Business Services, so the Town Attorney will have to defend the suit. Prueter is suing the Town for $30,000 in damages for a part-time job he held for 2 months at $250.00 per month. That does not seem to add up. Remember anyone can sue anyone for anything in Civil Court but that does not mean one will prevail. You should know that how many times have you sued the Town and lost?

    1. I didn’t lose. I didn’t follow the procedures you fool. If you would do some research you could see that for yourself. 119 Lawsuits require a certain procedure. I didn’t know the procedures and thus lost a motion to dismiss in each case. We’ll just see what the Attorney General says with my movement to seek a mediation. What so you think the town will do? I’ll bet they will deny the mediation thus forcing a legal action.

    2. Preuter most likely had filled out an application and that information would have shown he was a US Army reservist. The Town had due diligence to check on that matter whether or not Stacy Tebo hired him. And Mr. Land had that information. I agree that his case is slim but who fired him? Who was the Employee or Employer, Walter McKenzie? Or has the council given a “Consultant” power for which a consultant should never have.

      By the Way I wrote this article, not Joe. And if you will recall, I stated some of the same assumptions prior to your comments stipulating virtually the same….but only one since. The courts will determine it and neither Joe or I made assumptions only stipulated facts relating to laws. So if you do not believe that I made the same observations, read Oh No you didn’t Tommie!

    3. We really hope the Town is covered because we cannot afford to pay out of pocked legal expenses. But if Jones is a consultant, he, by law and contract, is not covered under our FMIT policy and I don’t want the Town taking money from the citizen to pay for his defense and possible award if any like we did for Tebo’s defense against Miller. We hope the Insurer pays and does so based upon McKenzie, a councilor who was present as being “Respondeat Superior”. Karin

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