Mr. Mayor and Mr. City Manager,
If the situation in Port Orange government was not as serious as it is both of your comments would be comical. As it is you both need to STOP IT with the blame it all on unnamed citizen activists and council members. If there was anything other than a cesspool of deceit and management incompetence underlying recent criticism Port Orange’s citizen activists would have dried up and blown away long ago.
Mr. Manager, after costing taxpayers nearly $15,000 per month for the past 18 months, let me challenge you to list those departments that are in better shape today than they were the day you were hired.
Would it be Fire, Public Works, Public Utilities or perhaps it is Finance because in today’s paper you are quoted as being most pleased with the “tremendous job” your CFO performed as a result of his “ endless hours.” If he in fact worked endless hours he must not have had clue number one about what he was doing because for most of last year he did not even ensure the City’s bank accounts were reconciled on a timely basis, AND this year he was apparently un-able to detect over $400,000 in un-authorized expenditures.
By that measure and with performance thrown out the window your Directors of Works and Utilities must have done tremendous jobs also, AND I guess if I worked endless hours on the space shuttle you would have to logically conclude that I too had done a tremendous job ?
I would not conclude any such thing because in the non ICMA world people are judged on performance and not on effort.
And Mr. Mayor I would challenge you to go ahead and cite those instances of Council interference which you are alleging.
You of course will not because you know long serving dedicated employees of Port Orange would match you 20 to 1 with details of your behind the scenes manipulations. A prime example of which is your announcement that you are searching privately for an interim Manager. Who authorized you to do any such thing ?? AND who in their right mind would want to choose from your selections considering the very fact that if you have selected them it means more than likely you believe you can control them, AND who are you to decide that Shannon Lewis would make a fine acting manager ??
AND AS for your lament that “you have not experienced this kind of political situation in your 4 terms “ you are correct, you never did and that was because of your pocket votes in the form of Martin, Pohlmann and Kennedy. Well what you are experiencing now is called opposition to your behind the scenes manipulations and you are not handling it well.
Mr Kisela you have done enough damage through your excuse making for dismal management performance. You are leaving and that is a good thing. Please do so without causing further harm by acting on your boastful “commitment to making sure that qualified interim individuals are appointed to these position before I leave” Port Orange cannot withstand any more ICMA individuals that meet your definition of the word “ qualified “
Mr. Mayor, for as much harm as the Manager has caused you have caused immeasurably more. You need to follow Manager Kisela’s example and leave also so as to allow Port Orange government to reform itself without your interference and let the rebuilding begin in an atmosphere free of fear and intimidation.
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