What an A$$&^*(

OK JOE BIG GUY RESPONDS AS REQUESTED MY RESPONSES IN CAPS

April 11, 2020

Town Council, Town of White Springs
P. O. Drawer D
White Springs, Florida 32096

Dear Neighbors:

Enclosed please find my application to become Town Manager (employee) of the Town of White Springs. I am claiming a veteran’s preference for this application. DID NOT INCLUDE DD214 OR ANY PROOF OF MILITARY SERVICE

In my 22 years as a Town Resident, I have learned a lot about White Springs and its unwillingness to follow the law as written and codified. If I am selected for this position, I will ensure that all laws are strictly followed including the Town Charter.

White Springs has a host of problems, most revolving around “stretching” the law to outright violations of the law. I am an expert in Florida Statute 119 (Public Records Law), Florida Statute 286.011 (Florida’s Sunshine law), Florida Statute 112.313 (Ethics Laws for Florida public officers) , the Town Charter and the Town Personnel and Procedures Manual. I am well aware that the Town thinks I am a “Hot Head” and a Complainer, but I assure you that each of my complaints and notices of violations are steeped in Florida Law and Municipal Ordinances. THAT WHY THE COURTS AND ETHICS COMMISSION HAVE RULED IN YOUR FAVOR EACH AND EVERY TIME. I have no doubt that I can solve these problems in a short matter of time. In the military I learned the Code of Ethics for Military Officers which is “I will not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those among us who do.” AS AN ARMY RESERVE OFFICE, NAVY OFFICER, STAR FIGHTER PILOT OR WHATEVER, WE DON’T KNOW BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT PRODUCE A COPY OF YOUR DD124 TO SETTLE THE ISSUE.

I bring a varied and complete skill set to the position and to the problems of White Springs. I believe that most of the difficulties the Town has with me and with the laws, revolve around the Town Council and the Town’s professional staff purportedly not following the laws and ordinances as they are written. The theft of $150,000 of Town money by our former bookkeeper to assist Kenny Hutcherson is a case in point. The Council, by law, was totally responsible for this theft, caused by them, by not keeping their eye on the ball and trusting town staff with undue trust and a lack of oversight. I AGREE THE HUTCHENSON ISSUE WAS A SERIOUS PROBLEM BUT THAT COUNCIL IS GONE, THAT MANAGER IS GONE, AND THAT TOWN CLERK IS GONE, HUTCHENSON IS DEAD SO HOW EXACTLY DO YOU PLAN TO RECOVER THE $150,000 FOR THE TOWN?

First and foremost I will bring to the Council’s knowledge based on violations of all State and Municipal Ordinances. WHAT KNOWLEDGE BASE?19 LAW SUITS AND OVER 3,000 PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST AND NOT ONE IN THE WIN COLUMN FOR YOU WITH $40K PAID TO THE TOWN FOR FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS. Employees such as Ms. Tomlinson of the Tebo era will not happen in a Griffin era of Town’ Governance. DON’T THINK THEY WILL HAPPEN AGAIN UNDER THE CURRENT COUNCIL EITHER. The Council knew or should have known about the incompetence of both Ms. Tebo and Ms. Tomlinson. i THINK THEY KNOW BUTTHE CONDONED THEIR ACTIONS BUT WHEN YOU HAVE 3 VOTES WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? Lord knows I complained about them often enough and all of my complaints, all of them, fell on deaf ears of the Council. That will no longer happen if I am town manager. OH! YOU ARE GOING TO DICTATE TO THE COUNCIL TO LISTEN AND WHAT THEY WILL DO, I THINK NOT. The Council will no longer be able to say “I didn’t know” because the Town Council will know everything which pertains to the operation of the Town of White Springs. i DON’Y BELIEVE THE NEW COUNCIL HAS SAID “I DON’T KNOW ABOUT ANY CURRENT ISSUE.”

Another area of the Town which requires immediate help is in the financial area. I THINK THEY ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON THAT WITH THE NEW ACCOUNTING FIRM. I bring as part of my skill set, a strong knowledge of monetary skills. I am the holder of a Master’s Level Certificate in Chartered Financial Consultant training. NOW YOU HAVE CERTIFICATES! WHAT HAPPENED TO THOSE MASTERS DEGREES? No more will the Council be in the dark about the financial condition of the Town. I BELIEVE THEY GET A FINANCIAL STATEMENT EVERY MONTH NOW FROM THE ACCOUNTANT. When a new project or an existing project comes in front of the Council, the Council will know how much money it has to spend on such a project or procedure.

A last area where the Town is hemorrhaging money is in the legal aspect. We are spending way too much money and taking up way too much of Attorney Logan’s time in having her do managerial tasks, like the rehash of the Town’s Employment Application, something which could have been handled by management or staff and approved by the Council. My skill set involves a large knowledge of the laws and of Grant Writing supervision of the Town’s Grant writers. NAME A FREAKING PUBLIC GRANT YOU HAVE EVER WRITTEN AND FOR WHO? Attorney Logan is a go-to-source of the Council for almost everything when the Town Manager should be that person, if he had the skill set. I have that skill set. I will seek Ms. Logan’s input when it is necessary or preferably, the Council will seek her opinion when necessary. While she is known as the Town attorney, she in reality is the Council’s attorney and directly responsible to the Council for all of her opinions which I believe currently are centered around the Town’s desires and which are not in conformance with the law. To my knowledge, Attorney Logan has no specific training as a Municipal Lawyer and is often skirting the legal issues presented to her. My legal training will assist the Town in following the law at far less of an expense than we are incurring today. AND JUST WHAT LAW SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND SPORT?

I will work whatever hours it takes to make certain that the Town Council is fully aware of the operation of the Town and as to the financial condition of the Town. If that means 40 to 60 hours a week, I will gladly work those hours at no additional cost to the Town. I will expect the Town to find me a used small pickup truck to aid me in the necessary performance and investigations of the Town. Bill Andrews was the first town manager when the Town went to a weak mayor form of government. BUM FARTO WHEN HE WAS FIRE CHIEF IN KEY WEST DROVE A LIME GREEN SEDAN, CHIEF’S CAR, WITH “EL JEFE” PAINTED ON THE DOOR, THEY STILL HAVEN’T FOUND HIM SINCE HE DISAPPEARED IN 1975. WHAT “INVESTIGATIONS” OF THE TOWN THAT IS REALLY WHAT WE NEED YOU RIDING AROUND “INVESTIGATING” THE TOWN. HOW ABOUT SEEING WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE, SPEAKING WITH CITIZENS, OR CONFIRMING WORK IS BEING DONE, OR EMPLOYEES ARE WORKING AS THEY SHOULD, BUT “INVESTIGATING” I DON’T THINK SO. We were in as much of a dilemma then as we are currently. He took less money because of his financial situation with the federal government and traded it for a town owned used pickup to assist him in moving about the town freely. The pickup truck will remain the property of the Town of White Springs, and be returned when I am no longer the Town Manager.

I will not need Town Insurance and I will work for $24,000 a year. I will accept a six month contract to prove my worth.

I thank you for your attention and I hope that you will seriously consider me for the position of Town Manager (employee) of the Town of White Springs. NOT A CHANCE IN HELL. You have tried various town managers and none of them have worked out. I believe it is time you tried a town resident who has the skill set to do the job. WHERE ARE ALL THE COLLEGE DEGREES YOU CLAIMED LAST TIME? Let’s make White Springs the most lawful and financially legally creative town in Florida. Let’s no longer be broke.
Thank you for your consideration.
Respectfully yours,

Joe E. Griffin

 

YOU SAW THE DEGREES AND CHECKED THEM, OR WAS THAT JUST A LIE AS WELL. IF YOU UNDERSTOOD THE DIFFERENCE IN STRONG MAYOR/WEAK MAYOR GOVERNMENT YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND THAT #1 THERE IS NO TOWN MANAGER IN A STRONG MAYOR FORM OF GOVERNMENT AND #2 THERE IS NO CONSULTANT WHO CAN MAKE DECISIONS IN EITHER CASE. #3 ALSO, IF YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND THAT THE TOWN MANAGER IN A WEAK MAYOR FORM OF GOVERNMENT IS AUTONOMOUS, HE DOESN’T NEED T O REPORT TO THE COUNCIL AND THE COUNCIL CAN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT EXCEPT FIRE HIM, AL LA TEBO. I TRIED TO BE NICE AND YOU STEPPED ALL OVER IT.

JOE GRIFFIN
CITIZEN ACTIVIST

 

 

Joe is absolutely correct about  about the CLU and, ChFC  as well as my CPCU.  Once you have completed these four-five year courses, the college asks whether you wish to get your doctorate.  You have to have a bachelor’s degree in order to even take these courses. But of course you know everything.

You know, you are just as bad as the Camel Club was to us.   I have never seen as nasty a man as you are except in that club and you think you know everything.  I’m not the only female who feels you like to belittle women but I guess it doesn’t matter what gender, you feel you are superior to all.  Who is the real narcissist?.

To keep bringing up the 19 suits which weren’t even looked at by the judge because they were dismissed by the attorney and we paid over $40,000 plus almost as much in other expenses, you are a sick person.  But you will protect a felon who has been in prison plus having misdemeanors as late as 2001.  How nice.

By bringing up our past which the Town and Helen Miller basically had him arrested and then Karen Hatton was the ASA working for the Town and it took another ASA to realize the Town of white springs was railroading us.  So keep bringing this crap up.  Before Joe moved to White Springs he had a spotless record and to tell you the Truth I did not wish for him to put in his application because Assholes like you make such terrible comments.  Your son had to be raised by Beverly because I can’t imagine an offspring that would take after you.

And what gets to us is that you really think you are the king of knowledge.  Joe was being kind on your explanation of our weak mayor form of government.  Your prior comments which you thought were so correct and you kept nastily telling me I was wrong were ridiculous.  Anyone who reads it will know you weren’t so smart

By the way, Joe is disabled and he can only walk a block. What happened to Joe is the same as with Congressman Scalise a shattered hip. We don’t need to steal anything from the Town as you insinuated with your little story.  I have lost all respect for you.

 

 

One Reply to “What an A$$&^*(”

  1. Again with the deflection. Joe dared me to respond to his cover letter for the Town Manager position so I did and nothing was directed at you Karen. I have said nothing degrading, derogatory, demeaning, or demeaning for or about women and frankly don’t know where you are getting this from or what you are talking about. My comments were directed to Joe regarding his application, and cover letter for Town Manager not you. I find it curious that Joe’s application from 2014 for the Town Manager position and his 2020 application look so different.

    Why would someone leave off all the information about their College education with the exception of insurance and financial training. Also claim veteran’s preference yet not provided a copy of their DD214, or other supporting documentation of military service when the applications states to provide a copy of your DD214. You say I am an “asshole” for pointing these things our yet when Joe questions someone’s background, or credentials, he is being a “Citizen Activist.” Yet when I am merely being a “Citizen Activist,” pointing out when I see discrepancies, or areas of concern that I feel readers of the BLOG and Town residents should be aware of I am berated.

    I have lied about nothing I have put on the BLOG, nor will I. I have not bothered to verified Joe’s education claims and when I apologized on the BLOG for questioning their validity my apology was based on the copies you posted, which appeared to be authentic. Today in our electronic age people can say anything and anyone can by any degree for any school they want fresh off the Internet i.e. https://diplomamakers.com/fake-diploma-samples/usa/.

    The only proper way to verify a degree is to produce verification of attendance, transcripts and verification of the issuance of a degree from the School Registrar’s Office. If I were hiring a Town Manager, I personally would require all applicant finalist for the position to produce these documents as well as their DD214 for any military preference claimed.

    We can keep up the sword fight if you wish, however, I have never said everything the Town administration does is good, nor do I say everything they do is bad. Somehow we must stop looking at the sins of the past Councils and administrations, draw a line in the sand, and move forward. You must know however, I don’t see Joe ever becoming Town Manager, nor do I see anyone hired as the Town Manager ever meeting Joe’s standards for the position. There is far more to running Town government than being an expert on the Sunshine Law and Public Records Request. While an important aspect, it is only one piece of a very large skill set that should be based on experience and education.

    This little Town of 750 people should not have this much controversy. If people would start working for the betterment of the Town and stop with petty vendettas,

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