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
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.
Joe E. Griffin