Rub-a Dub-Dub ….. Three Managers in a Tub

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3 Port Orange Managers in a Tub

Good afternoon  ….
At the last Council meeting I asked the Manager if there was an intent to deceive with the way the agenda item regarding the $411, 000 un-authorized over spending had been presented.  He answered that he did not know.
Perhaps if he were to ask his Utilities director to credibly explain why the Agenda Item requests he submitted for the April 22nd  and again for the May 20th Council meetings never referenced un-authorized over spending he would have that answer – as regards the Utilities director’s intent.
Perhaps if he were to ask the Finance director if he had approved  the April 22nd   Agenda Item as submitted by the Utilities director that never referenced any un-authorized over spending he would have that answer – as regards the Finance director’s intent.
And finally if he  were to credibly explain why if the Finance director refused to approve Utilities  April 22nd  Agenda Item  request in mid April WHY HE did notify Council as to the un-authorized over spending until some 40 days had elapsed,  AND  until after that information had been leaked to the Mayor and others, we would all know more  – as to the Manager’s  intent.
In light of this major internal control failure  coming on the heels of repeated assurances from the Manager that we had little to worry about in that regard  I hope it is crystal clear  to all  but those who do not want to see  that
it is imperative that the City employ financial professionals with the requisite qualifications and ability to design, implement and monitor effective internal controls to adequately safeguard taxpayer interests, and that the purpose and intent of the Audit and Budget Advisory Board is one of  inquisitiveness and skepticism intended to serve as yet another and perhaps final failsafe, in alerting Council and the people to whom they answer as regards likely or even possible non-feasant,  mis-feasant, or mal-feasant  performance on the part of the Manager and his Finance director
Taxpayer interests were harmed greatly by a cozy  relationship between the  former Manager and  CFO  who masked known control deficiencies and withheld disastrous information from Council and the public alike.
IT WOULD APPEAR  that is also likely the case with the new Manager and CFO  in the  interviewing days which we know to be at least 40 between  when it is inconceivable that Finance did not realize that those 16 separate expenditures were un-authorized,  And when the Manager finally informed Council of same, AND REMEMBER that was after he learned that information had been leaked and was going to come out.
Establishing a watch dog role for ABAB  has  not been  an easy lift.   The  Manager as might be expected of  any manager has not welcomed any measure of added scrutiny for himself and his staff,  AND THE MAYOR does not  favor any increase in  transparency in Port Orange government.
Stay tuned to see if Council will be insistent in ensuring that the ABAB  is provided all the relevant documentation required to determine exactly what happened in this instance.
Ted Noftall


From: Ted Noftall [mailto:Ted@TedNoftall.com]
Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2014 8:36 PM
To: Robin Fenwick (rfenwick@port-orange.org)
Cc: gkisela@port-orange.org
Subject: FW: Draft DF’s relating to Sunstate Meter & Supply
Thank you Robin,
I understand the volume impractically  of retaining pure drafts.
However  once another departments  approval is bestowed on  a document,  OR  such  approval is denied for cause or concern   —  that approval or denial becomes a separate public record unto itself  independent of the draft itself.
I am un clear if approvals  or denials  are  physically  affixed to the DF or if they are  conveyed by e-mail ?
In either even I would  again inquire as to whether there are any public records indicating any approval,  OR  rejection of the agenda item we have been discussing.
Ted Noftall


 
 

11 thoughts on “Rub-a Dub-Dub ….. Three Managers in a Tub

  • May 30, 2014 at 9:33 pm
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    The Life Saver and his Two Managers in transition are here to save the City of Port Orange from all the highly complex problems with their simple solutions. Kisela, Saunders, and Yarborough are the FCCMA Three Amigos!

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  • June 1, 2014 at 12:45 am
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    WE all know that the power to do anything about the continuing debacles and the impending implosion of the organizational structure of the City of Port Orange lies in the majority of the City Council. These individuals are the fiduciary representatives of the citizens of Port Orange and not the complacent lackeys of mayor Allen Green or his imported administrative lackey Greg Kisela. It is time that the City Council either performs the due diligence which is an important part of the duties of their office or recognize the due diligence that has been performed by citizens such as the Gardeners, Ted Noftall, Sonya Laney, and a contingent of long term dedicated city employees that are citizens and long term community stakeholders. Don’t forget Richard Woodman, a long term dedicated city employee who resigned after being constructively terminated by the current Lifesaver CEO. He was utilized as one of the city manager’s scapegoats and became part of the collateral damage in the city manager’s whitewashing effort to secure his position in mayor Allen Green’s favor.
    The initial due diligence should have been to do a thorough background investigation of the city manager and determine whether he was fit as their selection. The first question is did they know he was fired from his last job as Walton County manager? Were they aware that he was nearly voted out as Destin city manager a number of times and was called out for alleged improprieties in cemetery plot sales? Did they know his background in Destin as being and organizational streamliner (Axman) and having success in expediting development projects (AKA Riverwalk)? Were they aware of all the lawsuits paid out in Fort Lauderdale and other organizations attributed to him and championed by Elgin Jones, which resulted in liability to the city, a reprimand to Kisela, and ultimately a timely retreat by Kisela in an expeditious career change? These same things are ready to happen in the City of Port Orange. All of these things and so much more were known by city employees and citizen activists when he was being considered for employment through due diligence that they performed almost instantly. Did the City Council perform the same due diligence and if yes do they care about these disclosures? Is the City Council aware that our current city manager only has a bachelors degree in management which he did not receive until his middle years? Do you feel he has shown himself to be a seasoned consummate professional?
    Did the City Council perform their due diligence on Wayne Saunders or did they abdicate their responsibility indolently and simply allow mayor Allen Green and city manager Greg Kisela to assemble an FCCMA MIT dream team to do his and the mayor’s bidding without fiduciary questioning? Did the City Council check into the fact that Wayne Saunders was fired from his previous job as city manager of Clermont and had a history of problems with law enforcement officers entrusted to protect the public? Did the City Council realize that Wayne Saunders was not an accountant and did not have a finance degree in spite of the fact that the serious problems in the city’s finance department required a consummate professional with finance expertise? Did the City Council perform the due diligence to realize that Wayne Saunders was another FCCMA retread that Greg Kisela hired and was most recently rewarded with the FCCMA Lifesaver award for hiring one of the organizations brotherhood that was shit canned from their last six figure assignment? City employees and citizen activists performed this due diligence immediately and wondered if the City Council took the time to do this and if so did they allow Saunders to be hired without exerting their power against the mayor and his rodent CEO?
    With all of the problems in Public Utilities did the City Council perform due diligence in the hiring of the current Public Utilities Director? Did the City Council realize that he was forced to resign his position as Public Utilities Director in Palm Bay for a plethora of offences against his subordinates which has pending litigation and is so egregious that their is a commitment by employee advocates to see that he never works in public management in the State of Florida again? Do you realize that prior to this he managed a city in Florida that was no larger than Oak Hill? Do you realize that there is evidence that he left as city manager on less than favorable terms with possible mismanagement? Does the City Council realize that he was another FCCMA manager in transition that Kisela hired and was rewarded with the Lifesaver award from FCCMA for so doing? Do they know that he constantly updates his resume and profile and takes credit for things he has nothing to do with leading to questioning the validity of everything on his carefully crafted resume? Does the City Council know that the city does not even have an employment application from him and has no evidence of ever performing a background investigation? Is the City Council aware that a similar investigation is in the process of being performed on the Utilities Director here in Port Orange for similar offences that were investigated and verified to be fact in Palm Bay and that the our city manager has done everything in his power to keep the investigation from happening including an attempted whitewash? Are you aware of the possibility of damage control through bribing, intimidation, coercion, and misinformation in order to kill the investigation? Does the City Council Know that political activists and employees of the City of Port Orange have performed their due diligence and have been fully aware of this and that is why Ted Nofftall asks the question repeatedly at Council Meetings “IsTheir Any Word From The City Manager On His Inquiry From Vince Champion”.
    Mr. Noftall asks this question to try to figure out whether the City Council is in on the mayor and city manager’s cover up or is it that they just have not performed the due diligence that the political activists and the city employees have performed all along. Mr. Noftall is trying to understand whether the city manager is keeping the council in the dark and lying to them about the impending implosion of the organization. The City Council has the power and the fiduciary responsibility for their constituency that they represent and that have voted them into office. The city employees, the committee members, and the political activists have performed the due diligence for the City Council. Now the City Council needs to perform this due diligence themselves to verify everything they have been placed on notice for is true. Then the City Council needs to take responsibility for the citizens and clean this mess up. You know what to do and this is not about politics this is about fiduciary responsibility!

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  • June 1, 2014 at 1:52 am
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    The following is a short message to our mayor on the instructions given of the definition of fiduciary responsibility according to those who have sold those responsibilities out to personal benefit.
    Thttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MYUprjiwFAhe

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  • June 1, 2014 at 7:33 pm
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    Good posts Messenger Of Judgement but grouping Candidate Laney in with Ted, the Gardners and other citizen activists ….. isn’t that a bit of a stretch ???
    She is after all the Mayor’s and Manager’s candidate …. is she not ???

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    • June 1, 2014 at 8:46 pm
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      Perhaps that is true Ted, but unless her information demands from the city manager at Tuesday’s council meeting were just a dog and pony show she certainly put him under the gun and snowed him under like nobody else has. She is in competition with Bob Ford and it is unlikely that she will be able to supplant him. Bob is in the driver seat now and he is in the position to take definitive action and make a motion to clear this mess up. He has expressed his displeasure over and over again for the mayor’s self interested game plan and the city manager’s FCCMA MIT coalition working together with the mayor to deceive and neuter the rest of council while doing Allen Green’s bidding.
      The responsibility and power to act and not simply protest is in Bob Ford, Don Burnett, and the other members of the council’s hands. If He and they continue to sporadically whine and come to each council meeting with ostrich mentalities maybe its time for some new blood on the city council. Sonya Laney does not have a chance of supplanting Bob Ford if he and the rest of council take definitive action and put an end to this farce. If he continues to protest and do nothing, than his protestations will be taken as nothing more than the whining of a senile cranky old man, and then the old adage, “Sir I Thinketh Thou Protesteth Too Much” will be the substance of his incumbency.
      If something is not done soon the city’s organizational structure will soon implode. Their are many more black eyes and scandals right around the corner ready to precipitate. Non-action from any council person defending their seat in the upcoming election will almost guarantee them being supplanted when the levy breaks. This will show that they are either out of touch with these imminent problems or that they care more about their council seat and are unwilling to place it at risk in the service of their constituency. This is a levy breakage that can be averted by definitive action by council members immediately. If anyone that is presently on council is trying to play it safe by assuming an ostrich mentality leading up to election than they do not deserve to be reelected. Remember this is not about politics but this is about fiduciary responsibility. We don’t want our elected officials to be slippery politicians but we want them to be heroes, so our council members need to sprout a pair and quit worrying about their political maneuvers and do the right thing! Maybe then Ted, you will not always have to play the part of the bad guy.

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  • June 1, 2014 at 8:39 pm
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    Ted,
    I believe you are absolutely correct. I ask all to vote but do your homework. Find out whom is working together as activists with a common cause. Which candidates have relationships with staff and current council as well as developers etc. The candidates financials including campaign donors is listed monthly on the city website. If you study all of these things you can make clear choices. Mr. Nelan if you could make a candidates link to the city website financials for them we could do one stop shopping on this site.
    Thank You

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  • June 1, 2014 at 9:10 pm
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    Ted,
    You have inspired me and I think I have this figured out. The Finance and Utility Directors have failed us miserably on way too many occasions. The Public Works Director is under fire but my understanding is most staff is mowing all the previously contracted mowing with serious limitations. That is my opinion from the facts I have seen and only my opinion.
    City Council is NOT powerless from the Manager. A motion can be made to strongly recommend dismissal of a Department Director. If the Manager does not follow the “Recommendation ” then Council exercises their next option. They CAN vote out the Manager with a simple 3-2 for not operating the City in the best interests of the City and it’s taxpayers. Once this simple technique is utilized the Manager will soon learn who is in charge. We elected Council not the Manager. Council represents our best interest. If they want something done simply motion and vote a recommendation to the Manager and if it is not followed out then HANDLE it. Council is not as powerless as they are told. They ARE responsible.
    Thank You Ted

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  • June 1, 2014 at 10:09 pm
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    Again Messenger of Judgment your observations are on the money. I agree the time for Council action is now and a motion to dismiss Kisela is by Councilman Ford is in order even if it is defeated on a 3-2 vote with Green, Kennedy and Burnette voting to keep him.
    The only way Bob Ford loses this election is if he permits Sonya Laney to out run him on the right.
    As for Sonya’s laudable laundry list and her feigned indignation at Kisela’s internal control blunder and the resulting $400,000 in un-authorized spending ……. she had all weekend to come up with it, as she was briefed by Kisela the previous Friday May 23rd at 9am as per the Manager’s calendar for that week.
    Friday, May 23
    9:00am – 10:00am Sonya Laney (CM Conference Room ) – Kisela, Greg
    11:00am – 12:00pm TVEDC Finance and Audit Meeting (2nd Floor
    Conference Room One Daytona Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114) –
    Karen Frye
    1:30pm – 2:30pm Nomination Committee Meeting (2nd Floor
    Conference Room One Daytona Boulvard Daytona Beach FL) – Karen
    Frye
    4:00pm – 5:00pm Dennis Kennedy ( CM Conference Room )
    Friday, May 23
    9:00am – 10:00am Sonya Laney (CM Conference Room ) – Kisela, Greg
    11:00am – 12:00pm TVEDC Finance and Audit Meeting (2nd Floor
    Conference Room One Daytona Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114) –
    Karen Frye
    1:30pm – 2:30pm Nomination Committee Meeting (2nd Floor
    Conference Room One Daytona Boulvard Daytona Beach FL) – Karen
    Frye
    4:00pm – 5:00pm Dennis Kennedy ( CM Conference Room )

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  • June 1, 2014 at 10:41 pm
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    Ted, you are probably right because there are many people within the organization that have witnessed Kisela’s whitewashing orchestrations. He has a contingent of complicit administrators to do his dirty work and have been bought as all his MIT’s have been. If Tuesday’s information requests were a well orchestrated preemptive dog and pony show then hopefully this will become abundantly clear and transparent to the city council. Assuming that there was preemptive collusion in orchestrating this dog and pony show then you would expect that the CM has a plan to expeditiously meet that request and avert any introspection to verify whether his efforts were truly substantive.
    Even if he is able to pull a rabbit out of his hat, there are so many black eyes and deficiency disclosures that are going to precipitate in the near future that he is only delaying the inevitable while allowing the organization to sustain insurmountable damage. This is all the more reason that the city council needs to take immediate decisive action and mitigate future organizational damage in the fiduciary interest of the citizens that voted for them, the organization they are charged to uphold, and the employees they are responsible to protect. Lets move on this problem council and take care of this debacle before the organization implodes and damage is not reversible. The voters will remember your action or inaction, and the citizens are expecting you to address what needs to be addressed at the upcoming council meeting and take the action thereafter that you are responsible to take, and which only you have the power to do in behalf of those that have voted for you.

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  • June 1, 2014 at 11:55 pm
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    Trickster will emerge time and time again until this all comes unglued and all wrongs are righted and balance, equilibrium, and the way is restored. Try as they may what is fated will come to fruition. Pay karma’s price now or pay it later but when fate comes knocking on the door for its price your unpaid debts will be due.

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  • June 2, 2014 at 9:03 am
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    If the managers and MIT backgrounds aren’t enough to get them replaced wait until you see what is coming. I strongly suggest that council does something real soon or they are going to look like a bunch of complete idiots. They don’t look too good right now. Something is going to come unglued.There have been some warning signs on this blog site. This could hurt their political careers. As a side note I suggest some good reading. Go to the Florida Attorney General (Pam Bondi) Web site government accountability project. Some of you may even want to contact her office.

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