Good afternoon Shannon,
All organizations have a number 2 person in place to ensure a safe and smooth transition should something happen to the number 1.
If something happens to Obama tonight we get Biden. We don’t go to Biden and ask him if he wants to be POTUS.
If something happens to Green tonight we get Burnette. We don’t ask Burnette if he wants to be Mayor.
If a plane’s pilot or a ship’s captain are incapacitated the copilot or the first mate finishes the voyage. We don’t ask them if they are willing.
But in Port Orange, Council has proceeded as if running the City were optional, and asked if you want to step up to the plate and serve as the interim manager, OR baring that what you want. AND WHAT YOU WANT apparently is for Council to waste a $200,000 taxpayer dollars to interview, hire, train and then dismiss an interim manager in a 6 to 9 month period – half of which that new person will spend learning where the washrooms are.
If any of this inefficiency is acceptable to Council it certainly not acceptable to this taxpayer.
If YOU are unable or unwilling to assume the duties of interim manager when called upon, and until Council makes other arrangements then you should be regarded as unfit to be the Assistant Manager and you need to be replaced with a person ready to shoulder greater responsibility when required.
Last evening I encouraged you to accept the position of Interim Manager without reservation, because nothing less should be expected of the Assistant Manager, And because every person I have spoken with has every confidence in your ability to perform that function.
I hope you will reconsider the position you annunciated last evening before the City gets started on wasting that $ 200,000 And before dissatisfaction mounts with the irresponsibility of your reluctance in this instance.