.by: Constance Dogood <firstname.lastname@example.org> at 4:40PM
Mayor Green is the perennial back room inside manipulator, Ask any employee who has been at the City for any length of time and they will tell you in confidence that they fear the Mayor, and with good reason …. just ask Tom Cinefro.
That the Mayor is concerned that some other member of Council may have intervened regarding some department matter is nothing more than the kettle calling the pot black !!
Never one to pass up a free kick he goes on to imply the Fire Department is “falling apart”.
The truth of the matter is that POFD is not falling apart, BUT rather Pozzo’s efforts to improve the department were ignored by Kisela because they did not interest the Mayor.
Port Orange fire chief resigns as latest staff departure
Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 at 12:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 27, 2014 at 12:22 p.m.
PORT ORANGE — Fire Chief Joe Pozzo announced his resignation today, following the steps of two other city officials and as the city manager eyes another job opportunity.
Pozzo, who was hired in Nov. 2013, will leave the city on July 18, according to a letter he wrote to city officials this morning. Pozzo’s resignation comes a day after City Manager Greg Kisela confirmed he was in contract negotiations with officials in the panhandle city of Destin to serve as manager there. It also follows the resignations of the city’s public utilities director and purchasing manager after an error led to $411,510 in unauthorized water meter purchases.
A committee of city department leaders helped select Pozzo from four semi-finalists last fall. Pozzo, a former Volusia County Fire Chief, came to Port Orange after working as a consultant with the International City-County Managers Association, where he advised fire departments across the country.
Port Orange Mayor Allen Green said Pozzo’s departure is a blow to the city and a result of divisions between council members, citizens and department heads.
“The council is trying to run every department and has overstepped its boundaries,” Green said “If you are a department head and your department is falling apart, why would you want to be associated with that?”
Before Pozzo, the city had not had a fire chief since 2011. Green said Pozzo was an impressive leader who helped improve public safety.
“He’s done an outstanding job,” Green said. “He’s been everything we asked for.”