Good evening Manager Johansson.
At the 53:15 minute mark of the January 18 2011 Port Orange Council meeting Council crafted policy regarding posting the Managers e-mail on the City website. That policy was continued from 2011 until shortly after you were hired when you discontinued same.
Whether you were aware or not aware of that Jan 18th 2011 policy, the fact remains that —
You changed a most important policy, that Council had previously made in public, after conducting a series of secret conversations with individual council members …… AND IN SO DOING you denied to city residents an important element of Government In The Sunshine which is : excepting only those items specifically exempted by statute the people not only get to see their municipal governments make policy, but they get to see the basis on which that policy is made.
The issue at this point is not the e-mails themselves as the Citizens Activists for a Better Port Orange ( CABPO ) are hosting same on the port-orange.us web site ….. AT Minimal Cost I would note, which reinforces suspicion that your motivation really had more to do with eliminating the embarrassment factor for yourself and Council, than your stated concern with excessive costs of about $ 2,000 per year.
Rather the issue is one of whether you will be held responsible and accountable for an action was not in keeping with the spirit of open and transparent government.
IF YOU do not hold yourself accountable for this most odious action city residents will have every right to be concerned that it will be business as usual in Port Orange government with no one being held responsible and accountable for anything, and if you do hold others accountable that you will have acquired un-needed baggage of being labeled as a do as I say not as I do kind of manager.
Neither perceived scenario is in the best interest of Port Orange.
I would urge you to set this matter straight today, through an open e-mail exchange with Council and in follow-up at the next public Council meeting.
Thank you for considering what will be a defining event in your tenure as CM.
Candidate for Mayor
City of Port Orange -2016