Port Orange, Fla. RE: A Liability that must go October 3, 2013 12:07 PM
From:”Ted Noftall” <Ted@TedNoftall.com>
To:”Greg Kisela” <email@example.com>
Thank you Greg,
I understand better than most the current form of government we have in Port Orange, and have had, AND I would tell you Sir the taxpayers have not been served well by that government for at least the past decade.
Given our recent history and as regards senior administrators it is not unreasonable for the people and their representatives to have a venue to access their competency, and provide input regarding any egregious actions or misfeasance .
In typical ICMA fashion you object to any such venue, and are insistent on acceptance of the mantra that the Manager is an all knowing trained professional and anyone in disagreement with the manager simply cannot be “ let out without adult supervision “
The fallacy with that mantra is that if the current Manager is all knowing, then so must the last and so will the next. I remember well the previous Manager around the time of his announced retirement advising counsel that his greatest satisfactions was knowing he was leaving the City in the capable hands of the senior administrators he had in place, and what a dream team the next Manager would be inheriting.
If the previous manager could have been so wrong about Pike, Shelly, Barnhart, Treon, Newell, Smith, and Zicker who are no longer with us, then why couldn’t you be equally wrong about Anderson, or equally likely to hide her shortcomings as was done by the previous manager with those afore mentioned ex-dream teamers ??
I disagree with that ICMA mantra but I do commend your forthrightness regarding the unbending manner in which you have made your continued tenure in Port Orange an all or nothing sweepstake.
From: Kisela, Greg [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
To: Ted Noftall
Cc: Bob Ford; Kennedy, Dennis; email@example.com; Drew Bastian; DeptHeads
Subject: RE: A Liability that must go
This acknowledges your e-mail. As you know in Port Orange, all employees, except for the City Attorney and her employees, work for the City Manager. The City Attorney and City Manager serve at the pleasure of the Mayor and City Council pursuant to our employment agreements. Professionally I will not discuss or debate with you the individual performance of any employee. The City of Port Orange is blessed with great employees. They care deeply about the community and try to provide the best service they can day in and day out.
Your opinion on my performance is also acknowledged. I am diligently working through the issues that confront this organization. I am pleased that many of the issues that were identified when I was hired have either been addressed or are in the process of being resolved. Saying that, we are continuing to look for ways to improve the organization. As issues arise we develop a plan to resolve them.