Interim Finance Director / Interim Fire Chief

.from:  Kisela, Greg      6:11 AM
GregKiselaMayor and City Council: we are in the final steps of vetting the candidates for the Interim Finance Director position as well as for the Interim Fire Chief.

Assuming all goes well, the Interim Finance Director should be in place on a part-time basis next week.  She will be full time starting the week of July 28th. Wayne Saunders’ last day is July 22nd.  I plan to have the Interim Finance Director participate in the recruitment and selection of the new Comptroller.  Stella Gurnee’s last day is July 29th.

The outside Interim Fire Chief will be available the week of August 4th, again assuming all goes well on the background check. Fire Chief Joe Pozzo’s  last day is Friday, July 18th.  Until the new outside Interim Chief is in place, I am appointing Ken Burgman as Acting Fire Chief effective  close of business on Friday, July 18th.

I sent you an e-mail yesterday informing you that I have named Paul Salerno as the Acting Utilities Director while I am out of town starting today until Monday.

Shannon Lewis is the Acting City Manager while I am away.

I will be available by cell phone if you need anything.

27 thoughts on “Interim Finance Director / Interim Fire Chief

  • July 17, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Manager Kisela,
    Given the short time you have left as CM, I find it absurd that you are hiring or placing anyone in any position! Professional upper management positions should only be filled after posting those jobs for at minimum a month and then choosing vetted and qualified candidates from a pool of applicants. Have any of these critical job openings been advertised? If they have, it’s news to me. What gives man? Your’ track record of filling these CRITICAL positions with retreads that could not cut it elsewhere, and consequently failed here says it all! You have no vested interest in the City of Port orange as evidenced by your abysmal performance, and immanent departure. Using almost any metric, every single facet of the City has gotten worse under your management. Unless of course, you measure it with yours and Mayor Green’s special brand of “Fuzzy Logic”. Please Greg, do at least one decent thing on your way out and remove yourself from the hiring process altogether. The Citizens of Port Orange will be stuck with the fallout of yet another round of unqualified bozos, while you blow out of town on your way to Destin.
    Council, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, step in here and oversee this before it becomes another mess. Think twice and act once! You can afford to take a month or two and really check applicants out to see if they have documented real world credentials and outstanding track records. I say “Outstanding”, because “Good” just isn’t going to cut it. YOU CAN NOT AFFORD TO RUSH THIS AND ALOW KISELA/GREEN TO PUT ANOTHER LACKLUSTER CRONNIE IN ANY POSITION!!!!!!! To the best of my knowledge the new Finance Director is not even a C.P.A. Come on, seriously?

  • July 17, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    EVERYONE ATTENTION, ATTENTION: Watch out for those words ” outside interim director” they actually mean SHOE IN FOR THE JOB. Keep your eyes open Council so something doesn’t get slipped in right beneath your noses.

  • July 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    One good thing has come out of all of this mess. Stella Gurnee is taking he Parker/Shelley route and retiring before her ass was kicked out the door. Good move Stella. You have made so many people within the city happy with this news. You have been one of the main problems in Finance and the inability to keep good people.
    I truly feel that Tom Ciefreo was given a raw deal and that he should be rehired. Green and Kisela never did give a good answer to why he was let go other than he didn’t follow orders. (Ha, that’s a laugh isn’t it?) After reading his plea to Don Burnette and his plea to Sauinders about being overworked and fallin g behind it fell on deaf ears. Could be he was exposing some things they didn’t want coming out, hence the axe job.
    Anyway, Good Luck Stella. I wonder what it feels like to know how disliked a person can be?

  • July 17, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Wow – that’s all I can say right now. Going to be a good meeting tonight.
    Kisela should step back from all major decisions. He was smart enough to take vacation and seek out his new house in the panhandle.

  • July 17, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Speaking of appointing interim directors…I read on Greg Kisela’s read file that he had appointed Paul Salerno as interim public utility director. OMG…Here is a TRUE STORY..NO FICTION…many could back this up.
    Maintenance had to be called to Paul’s office because he wanted the space under his office door blocked to keep little one inch green men from entering his office, getting into the computer mainframe and stealing information.
    This is true and verifiable by many employees….if I’m lyin’ I’m dyin’.
    Anyone who kisses Greg’s ass is a good choice for management positions even if they’re not playing with a full deck.

  • July 17, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Knows all the dirt,
    Thie utility clown came to our boss and asked him to falsify documents to dep so he could get a operator license. The boss said no deal. Good for him. Falsifying documents to dep is a criminal thing and he could have even been fired by the city for falsifying documents. I think this choice was Kiselas kick in ass to us before he goes. I don’t think he cared about any of us. I bet he would be happy if the city crashed and burned.

    • July 17, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      When he could not get Tom May to validate a time line, didn’t he call Phil Clark, the former Port Orange Reuse Water Chief Operator after he left to work in Tavares to ask if he would falsify actual time or vouch for him in order to get advanced wastewater certification? Anyhow Phil has been contacted by Port Orange staff and has indicated to them that he will not commit perjury and vouch for Paul’s time in the plant to the FDEP that he has not performed.
      At this juncture Salerno may have committed a criminal act and Chuck Savage from the FDEP has been placed on notice and is ready to invoke a hearing as soon as the Port Orange employee witnesses decide to make an appointment to give their testimony. I wonder if mayor Allen Green is aware of the ramifications of this.

  • July 17, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    To elucidate on the previous posts, Greg Kisela was out of town last week for a day or two but did not assign a temporary public utilities director. Rick Wilson is the assistant public utilities director and has been so for a few years now. When the previous public utilities director Jason Yarborough would go on vacation Rick Wilson would be in charge of the department. Greg Kisela effectively assigned an interim director for two days called Paul Salerno the lab manager.
    Paul has never supervised more than a couple of people in a small division with only a few years of experience. His technical and administrative knowledge is lacking which all the department will attest to. He had some issues a couple years ago where he dispatched public utilities maintenance personnel to the central lab to run a molding strip at the bottom of the door to block a 1 inch gap that he indicated that tiny green men were sliding under. He said these green men were getting into the main frame of his computer and destroying his electronic files.
    On Wednesday, July 16th, within 5 minutes after Greg Kisela sent an email out to the public utility management team informing the department that Paul would be the interim director from Thursday, July 17th until Monday morning July 21st, Paul called several key public utility employees to set up meetings to discuss his plans to reorganize the department. He shared his plans to immediately establish two assistant directors, reclassify certain positions, reorganize certain divisions, and assign certain individuals as middle managers to facilitate an ill defined plan he had made in 10 minutes. The only thing he did not discuss is the role of the little green men and how he would keep them from destroying his data.
    For anyone that can wrap their head around this, this was the final way Greg Kisela thought he could stick it up the asses of all the long term employees that dispise him and see through his interloping ass. Kisela wanted to find a way to demoralize and humiliate a group of highly competent and independently thinking individuals who he was unable to control and deceive. Kisela is a passive violent and does not have the noogs to tell the people he despises what he thinks face to face and man to man. He reminds all of us of a woman that puts starch in her old man’s underwear because he carouses and neglects her.
    Anyhow he has no concern about the debacle he is running away from that he is largely responsible for, and as his legacy he will try one last time to stick it up the rectums of those who have exposed him and have been unwilling to put up with his feces. I think Allen Green is also behind this and it shows that neither one of them care about the morale of the organization. It is sad to see middle aged and elderly males that have not yet become men.

  • July 19, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Florida Administrative Code 62-602.250 is the rule which spells out the criteria for experience used for licensure of water and wastewater operators. In layman’s terms it goes like this. If you are an operator or trainee and your’ primary duties are making hydraulic, chemical, or process control adjustments, all hours worked count towards the experience requirement. Also, hours worked performing ancillary duties such as sampling, lab work, reports, maintenance, etc., count towards the experience requirement IF the majority of hours worked are comprised of THE BIG 3, making hydraulic, chemical, or process control adjustments.
    Furthermore, the rule specifically states that if your’ primary job is that of a maintenance worker, truck driver, or lab tech, none of those hours may be applied towards the experience requirement. ZERO, NADA, ZIP!!!!
    QUESTION? How the heck did Lab Manager Paul Salerno accrue 6,240 hours of experience to be licensed at the wastewater treatment plant operator “B” level? Actually, Paul tried unsuccessfully to get past and present wastewater plant managers to sign off for 10,400 hours to satisfy the requirement for his “A” license. Thankfully, those managers had enough integrity to deny Paul those hours as he never EARNED them. It wouldn’t have mattered anyway, because Paul failed the “A” exam. By rights Paul should have his wastewater license yanked!
    QUESTION? Why oh why did Greg Kisela appoint Paul Salerno to the position of interim utilities director? First, the city already has an assistant director in Rick Wilson. Shouldn’t Rick be able to step up when necessary? If not, somebody should take a look at why he’s in that position to begin with. Second, despite holding a Master of Public Accounting, Paul has never managed a work group larger than 2 lab techs, or used his degree in any meaningful way. It’s well known throughout the city that Paul has had several emotional breakdowns on the job, and yes, he actually called maintenance to have them cover the one inch gap under his office door to keep the little green men out. This was very, very important to Paul because those little suckers were getting into the mainframe and destroying data. Paul were they aliens, or just garden variety gremlins? Not that one is any less dangerous than the other mind you. I just thought this info would come in handy when I work up your’ Jungian personality profile. This was just another chance for upper management to crap all over certain employees who hold their chins up, perform their jobs with professionalism and integrity, and refuse to suffer fools like Yar”Wheel”borough, Kisela, and Green. Paul Salerno shouldn’t be put in charge of anything more important than handing out pens! Coincidently, he’s very good at that. He once spent the better part of the day creating a ledger and codifying each individual pen in the Lab by using scotch tape, post it notes and some bizarre rubber band configuration to assign each pen a unique I.D. and requiring his two subordinates to turn in their old empty pens before being issued new ones. This is probably a technique he learned from the little green ones when they cataloged and anal probed him. Paul makes about $25 bucks an hour. The pens cost about 9 cents each. I’m not going to do the math, but am pretty sure he could have bought 50 years worth of pens for the hourly wages he wasted doing all this nonsense. That’s just the kind of cutting edge management that’s needed right now. Way to go Paul, and way to go Kisela for having the wisdom and courage to promote Paul.
    To those dedicated, knowledgeable, and emotionally stable employees that have to put up with Paul’s silly BS, know that it will be short lived as he will fail miserably. Until then, Keep On Keeping On!

    • July 20, 2014 at 3:41 am

      FiddleDeeDee–Great laugh in the morning! Would all be hilarious if it wasn’t so serious.

  • July 19, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Make that $32 an hour FiddleDeeDee.

  • July 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Now we have a city manager that was fired from his last job and is running for the hills, a finance director that was hired by the cm that was fired from his last job and is running for the hills, a public utilities director who was hired by the cm and was asked to resign from his last public utility director position in Palm Bay and has now been asked to resign from this position, a fire chief that this cm hired and is now running for the hills.
    Finally, a week before the cm takes off for Destin he begins inserting people in interim positions one of them being this Paul Salerno which you say may have criminally falsified information to illegally obtain the very State certification per FAC 62.602.250 he utilizes in his current position.. My understanding he was also fired from his last position in Daytona Beach. If a preliminary inquiry per FDEP has begun that may lead to an investigation of facts don’t you think the citizens and activists should know the potential liability ramifications that exist to the city of Port Orange for employing an individual in his capacity to perform fiduciary services for the public if he has illegally obtained his credentials?
    My understanding is that the only person that worked for Port Orange during the time period Mr. Salerno claims he obtained his actual time their that could have possibly vouched for him besides the then chief operator Phil Clarke is the current chief operator Tom Troutman who vehemently denies that Mr. Salerno has legitimately performed the requirements for his State certification. Neither did the then chief operator Phil Clarke sign for this time. I think if you contact Chuck Savage from the FDEP he will tell you that a Tom May signed off on Mr. Salerno’s time for a period that Mr. May did not even work with him. If this is the case then Tom May also has to answer for this. I encourage citizen watchdogs to make this legitimate inquiry and remember that the current chief operator at the reuse water plant will tell you the truth that Mr. Salerno did not legitimately earn that time during the requisite period and that Mr. Troutman had nothing to do with the falsification of any records relative to Salerno obtaining his licensure. When the citizens follow up on this and I know the citizen watchdogs that are the vicars of transparency and open governance will, and it is proven to be true the question then becomes is the city manager or the city council going to tolerate this?

    • July 19, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      They will probably due nothing until the FDEP takes action and then plead ignorance. It is abundantly clear that all you honest posters that have shared this information are telling the truth in what you say. Do you think the city manager or the mayor give a shit. OF COURSE NOT! The CM and the mayor were well aware of all the jaded pasts of the FCCMA retreads that Kisela imported here that are part of the Port Orange implosion. No applications, no due diligence in hiring, neglecting legitimate applicants and summoning retreads for the job that had not even applied. All this with mayor Allen Greens blessing and covered by the charter that authorizes Kisela to shit on anyone he chooses. Now that this turd imploded mayor Allen Green has blamed it on taxpayers, citizen watchdogs, disgruntled employees, Bob Ford, and Drew Bastian that Greg Kisela and his FCCMA dream team have failed abysmally, have been forced to resign, or deserted the ship. Kisela even wants to leave a signatory legacy of ramming as many turds down decent remaining employees throats as possible. This is with mayor Allen Greens full support because these are the employees that are communicating with certain members of council and are advocates of open and transparent governance. Well the cream will rise to the top sooner or later but since shit floats there is a lot of it to still remove at the top.

      • July 19, 2014 at 8:47 pm

        Why are you dudes saying such bad things about Mr. Salerno, don’t you know that he used to be the CEO of PerkinElmer. He was also instrumental in the development of the Hubble Telescope. Paul’s progressive asset management program in inventorying and extending the useful life of 9 cent Bic Pens can be a model for the city’s internal control initiative. I heard that when Paul becomes the public utilities director that he wants to institute a time/work study to determine how long employees take to perform certain job functions such as performing routine laboratory tests. I think if he is able to reorganize the department and harvest three assistant utility directors, one to handle all the finance & budgeting, one two coordinate all the departmental technical activity & planning, and one two supervise, train, direct, & control all departmental employees this will free plenty of time for Paul to inventory and catalogue Bic pens.
        After he is through whipping this department into shape then he can pursue is ultimate goal of becoming the city manager.

  • July 20, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    I am a person who is familiar with employees that have worked for Daytona Beach and I have currently been following this blog. It is mind boggling that your soon to be departing FCCMA city manager has imported a management team from the FCCMA who have not even applied for their positions. It is even more mind boggling that they are all following him out the door through either dismissal or resignation. If that takes the cake, it is even more mind boggling that your mayor blames all of this on the citizens of Port Orange and open governance.
    Here is the breaking news! The public is aware that this same city manager has been desperately trying to fill all of these interim vacancies with a contingent of people approved by the mayor that support the imploding non-transparent regime, and are potential candidates for its rebirth. One of these is the dude you have blogged about here Paul Salerno.
    Well low and behold he is a card carrying meeting attending FCCMA certified manager. The only thing is that he is not considered one of those you refer to as FCCMA retreads but is more like an FCCMA bald tire with a side wall leak. He is basically a groupie and a wannabe of FCCMA retreads. In the FCCMA circle he is considered a boob that tries to rub elbows with the FCCMA jet set in order to some day become a made man.
    Well opportunity has certainly knocked, and it appears that your deserting city manager will try to screw any upstanding employee one more time by slapping some glue on this spare tire and throwing some old read on the surface. The only problem with this is that doesn’t do anything to correct that side wall leak, and as you know that leak will present an entrance for the little green men to enter into the mainframe of this FCCMA bald tire and cause a mental implosion.
    We all remember him from the City of Daytona Beach where he got fired. Unfortunately he has been visited on you poor souls and hopefully for your sakes it will be short visited. Luck to you all, and keep your heads up for this will inevitably be shortlived!

  • July 20, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    People try to keep an open mind. There may be some validity of this gentleman’s account of little green men getting under the door of his lab office and trying to access the main frame of his computer. Remember this person is one of the people that developed the Hubble telescope. He may have been in an altered state of consciousness and experienced inter-dimensional beings. I do not think that they were trying to steal any of his data but they were leaving encoded files to be discovered by him and decoded for the benefit of mankind. Hopefully he still has possession of that computer so that a forensic analysis can be performed on its data in order to discover this information that the little green men left for all of humanity. I think Paul may have a special purpose that he needs to discover, sort of like Steve Martin in the Jerk, and these little green men may have selected his mainframe to enter. Here is a link with an inter-dimensional message to Paul from the little green men.

  • July 21, 2014 at 5:41 am

    I didn’t know that Mr. Salerno was a card carrying member of the FCCMA, Now it all makes sense as to why Kisela chose him as interim..

  • July 21, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Does the FCCMA have an award Greg can get for promoting delusional emotionally challenged incompetents from within? To those Lab Director types aspiring to be the “Big Man on Campus”, be careful what you wish for, you just might get it!

    • July 21, 2014 at 11:05 am

      Yes FiddleDeeDee, it’s called the Dipsy Doodle award. They give it to a Life Saver who has promoted an FCCMA bald tire that has Intermittent Delussional Schizophrenic Narcissistic Rage Disorder. Sort of like Hank in “Me, Myself, and Irene”.

  • July 21, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Ground control to Major Paul, your’ mainframes compromised, is there something wrong, can you hear me Major Paul, can you hear me Major Paul?

  • July 24, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    How to Spot a Brown Noser At Work
    Brown Noser
    Born to Kiss Ass
    From a very early age it is some times possible to tell that some children are born to lead and that some are born to follow, The leaders are the children in the playground who delegate the roles during gameplay of the other children at recess and the followers are the ones who carry out the role delegated to them during the course of the game.
    The Leader is a self confident child who takes control of any situation with efficiency, diplomacy and tact, the leader very quckly earns the respect of their peers.
    The Follower looks up to the leader with respect and and will allow the leader to guide them within reason.
    There is one more type of child to be found in the playground he/she could be classed as a follower but with a slight difference the Ass Kisser will follow the leader and the follower, trying to please everyone trying to be everyone in the groups friend, yet this person would stab you in the back for a little bit of praise from someone higher in the pecking order than you. these people are often referred to as a brown noser in the work place because their heads are so far up the bosses ass that their nose has turned brown.
    How to Spot a Brown Noser at School
    School is a place of learning it’s where we learn to read and write, we learn science and mathematics as well as a whole host of other subjects, the results of which help us to enrich our minds and further our future career prospects when we start making our own way in the world.
    Some things that we learn in school though are not taught to us in any class room, things that stand us in good stead for our whole lives and make us more aware of the people around us.
    we learn who we can or cannot trust, who we can be friends with who to stay away from, we quickly learn who the bullies are and most importantly who the ass kissers.
    At school the Ass Kisser is easy to spot, trying too hard to become friends with everyone, they bring candy into school to share with everyone and they bring an apple in for the teacher every morning.
    The first week or so is great you are getting candy for nothing and your new friend will do anything to please you, they will play the games that you want to play, go where you want to go and talk with whoever you want to talk too, they seem like the perfect friend until you break one of the school rules, if you drop a candy wrapper on the ground they run off and tell the teacher about your devious crime spree and you get into trouble for it whilst it makes them look good infront of the teacher.
    The strange thing about it is after they have reported your offence they try to make it up to you by giving you more candy, asking you to play your favorite game or even giving you one of their favorite toys in the hope that you will remain their friend.
    At school Ass Kissers lose friends very quickly and in the end up they become spies for the teachers, reporting every infraction by students that they see, having lost respect from the students they hope to earn it from the teachers who secretly hate them because of their constand tattle tales
    Employee of the Month
    Teacher’s Pet
    How to Spot an Brown Noser at Work
    By the time they have left the academical life the Brown Noser is a more devious person altogether and their brown nosing has become an art form.
    Spotting the brown noser in the work place is a little more difficult, their tactics have completely changed, they have learned the act of stealth tactics and how to manipulate people to believe that they are a true friend or ally. most importantly they have learned how to disagree with your views in situations where you will not be offended therefore you still think of them as a friend.
    The first day that you start a new job, people want to know more about you, what you did before, where you come from, your hobbies and interests if you have any common aquaintancies and so forth.
    The ass Kisser tends to share the same hobbies and interests as you and always has the same sort of background as you came from, quick thinkers they come up with a story which resembles your life but with a few embelishments that will make you feel a little sympathetic toward them, for example they would say that they went to the same school as you but they hated it because they were being constantly bullied.
    The Brown Noser at work is a listener more than a talker so much so that you begine to confide in them sharing your thoughts about your co-workers and your superiors why you like this person why you dont like another,what you think of the job and ideas that that you have come up with to improve the productivity of the workplace.
    The brown noser then uses his skills by telling the biggest gossip in the workplace what you have said about your co-workers and superiors and the rumours begin about you. if you ask the kiss ass how they found out they will deny everything claiming that you must have been over heard by someone and that things that the ass kisser said to you were also the talk of the workplace.
    The ass kissing brown noser will then talk with the management telling them your ideas of how to increase productivity, claiming your ideas as their own, this is normally the time that you find out their true colors, the management lavish the ass kissing brown noser with the praise and the respect that the ass kisser craves so much. the ass kissing brown noser suddenly finds that they have no more time for you and moves on to the next victim.
    99.9% of the time you will find a Photograph of the ass kissing brown noser proudly displayed in the works canteen as Employee of the Month.


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