from: Ted Noftall ….
Thank you Manager Kisela, I was not aware that a citizen’s right to question or criticize public officials in this country was dependent on the ‘constraint or responsibilities ‘ of those public officials including yourself.
Yours is a tragic situation. Unlike most who come to Port Orange in search of business or employment opportunities and who struggle for years to find success you were rewarded from day one with a princely salary that would be the envy of all but maybe 1% of Port Orange residents.
In return you were expected to clean-up the internal control deficiencies that ended the former Manager and his CFO’s careers in large measure through the elimination of employee incompetence, AND serve all of Counsel equally in an open and transparent fashion. From day one you were reminded of the pitfalls that awaited, were you to take up exclusive residence in the Mayor’s camp, AND the chaos problem employees would cause were they not transitioned out.
From day one you not only ignored that advise, you exacerbated problems in Finance and Utilities through your instance that the ICMA retreads you installed were performing competently when that was anything but the case. You frittered away the opportunity to live and prosper in a great community. I know because I came here as a young man and give thanks every day for the opportunity and warmth this community has afforded me and my family. As you have come to understand I take it personally when the interests of the little people, who make up the backbone of our community, are given the back seat to any other interest.
You never accepted much in the way of advice over the past 18 month and it is doubtful you are likely to accept any now, but were you so inclined I would urge you to recognize that the trend in this country is one declining confidence in government and greater demands for transparency and accountability on the part of government ….. and that trends like horses are most easily ridden in the direction they are going. When the first activist in Destin asks you your very first question, and that will happen give that person an honest answer devoid of all BS.
There is little more than a week for you to impact your legacy past August 1st.. If you want to impact it favorably as regards the three issues raised in my e-mail you chose to answer you know what you need to do. * End all further appointments because of your dismal track record . * Reinstate Tom Cinefro and withdraw Julia Wiggins suspension because the Kelton report you commissioned is not credible. * Provide a plausible explanation as to why clause 4 of the recent Well Field ‘dirt’ agreement that you negotiated failed to advance taxpayer interests prior to September 1st 2014 AFTER hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of fill dirt will be removed and sold at profit by Halifax, without cost compliments of Port Orange taxpayers …… even if that explanation consists of ‘the Mayor ordered me to do it’.
None of these issues are going away any time soon. Why not go out of here being remembered as a stand up guy even if it was for only the last week of your tenure.
From: Kisela, Greg [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:55 AM
To: Ted Noftall; ‘nelan’; Hank Springer
Cc: Roberts, Margaret; Bob Ford; Kennedy, Dennis; firstname.lastname@example.org; Drew Bastian
Subject: RE: Kisela Amused /// Purchasing Manager Screwed
Mr. Noftall: During my tenure as City Manager you have enjoyed at my expense unfettered criticism of me and my administration. I have been constrained in responding to you by my responsibilities to the City of Port Orange as the City Manager. As you know this responsibility ends as of 5:01 p.m. on August 1, 2014. Please govern yourself accordingly.