A Troubled Director for a Troubled Department

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uh-ohSeems  like our brand new Utilities Director  resigned  as director of the Palm Bay utilities department only days before a critical report was released that would have likely led to his termination  and then forgot to mention that fact when he found new employment in Barefoot Bay.

I wonder if Mr Kisela  thought his new Utilities director’s checkered background  was just the ticket for the troubled Port Orange Utilities department  or  did he not even know ?

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5 thoughts on “A Troubled Director for a Troubled Department

  • September 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Is the City conducting backgrounds on key new hires?
    If so, who is conducting these investigations?
    best, Bob Ford

  • September 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Yes. Human Resources is or has conducted the background checks.

  • September 16, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Another one of Greg Kisela’s strategic hires and an integral part of the Kisela dream team.
    Unfortunately for the Council, the citizens of Port Orange, and Port Orange employees this is another selection of a key administrative employee that was forced to resign at his last position as Clermont City Manager. The possible reason for his forced resignation was abuse of public health and safety employees, more specifically police officers. Officers that he was instrumental in firing who inevitably sued for wrongful termination, prevailed, were exonerated, rehired, and received all their back pay and benefits.

  • September 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    City has opportunity for change
    Our position: Groveland needs a city manager concerned about residents.
    August 21, 2005|By Verde

    With the departure of Groveland City Manager Jason Yarborough, the south Lake community has a chance to reshape its destiny, and Groveland ought to take it.
    The role of a city manager traditionally is to carry out the policy decisions and wishes of the council members. But in Groveland, as in many other cities, the complexity of running a municipality has nudged the city manager into a policy-making role.
    However, council members verge on being puppets for Mr. Yarborough, whose agenda is aggressively pro-growth. All this is inappropriate, and now is the time for a change.
    Mr. Yarborough has helped lead the city into a number of embarrassing situations — all because of unwavering greed to grow.
    For example, the city manager bears at least some of responsibility for getting Groveland into the ludicrous position of spending tax dollars to oppose a clear vote of its citizens to limit the number of houses per acre in the environmentally sensitive Green Swamp.
    Another fiasco, equally ridiculous, is looming. Groveland is poised to become the target of a lawsuit by the Lake County School Board because of the outrageous notion that the city should get into the business of building and running schools rather than turning over impact fee money to the district.
    Mr. Yarborough leaves a legacy that cries for a cleanup.
    For starters, the city has purchased two water plants and a wastewater plant that need $9 million worth of expansion and renovation, and it desperately needs to begin rebuilding trust with its citizens.
    Groveland needs parks, better roads, more recreational facilities, increased police patrol, improved fire service and urban renewal in several parts of town. It isn’t even able to provide sewer service to many residents.
    Most of all, however, it needs a city manager who focuses on helping the residents who already live in town.
    The first step is to back off the growth agenda. About 5,000 new homes already are approved, and Groveland could grow by 17,000 new residents in the next four or five years. It is poised to approve hundreds more.
    Growth can be a positive force in a community, but this is out of control and can only produce more urban sprawl that worsens overcrowded schools and clogs roads that can’t handle traffic as it is.
    Groveland’s first obligation is to serve its residents and to plan wisely for growth. To do that, the City Council needs better advice from a manager.
    Council members also need to think more critically about their decisions and develop the fortitude to do what residents want rather than allowing themselves to be led.

  • September 20, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Developers rest — but not for very long
    June 24, 2005|By Lauren Ritchie, Sentinel Columnist
    For a change, developers fled the County Commission chambers empty-handed last week. Property owners who wanted increased densities on their land went away quietly after they realized that the tide was turning against them during the commission meeting.
    These developments aren’t gone. They’re merely in limbo. They’ll be back when the county’s revised land-use plan takes effect. It is expected to have more categories of growth so people know exactly what’s being proposed.
    Groveland City Manager Jason Yarborough wants a 7 percent raise. He says he deserves it because of the terrific way he’s handled growth in the city. Eeek!
    Yarborough has helped get Greedy Groveland into more than one lawsuit over growth. Take, for example, what happened when the city decided to challenge a mandate from its voters to slow growth in the Green Swamp, source of much of Florida’s drinking water. That one cost taxpayers $100,000.
    Things weren’t going smoothly, so Yarborough hired himself a public-relations firm that could cost up to another $39,000 of tax money. He says the city’s side of the story wasn’t getting out. I’d say that it was getting out just fine — that was the real problem.
    Maybe Yarborough is worth 7 percent for the way he runs the town, but on the growth issue, he has not done the city a service with his pro-growth antics.
    Tiny’s Reporter


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