Maybe Manager Jake Johansson didn’t fully explode at the City Council meeting on Tuesday night but he showed definite signs of a meltdown! At various times during the meeting he was lectured by Mayor Green, Councilman Ford and Councilman Burnette. Even the usually mild mannered Councilman Bastian was showing his exasperation. Ted Noftall, of course, asked a series of well-informed questions that the manager either could not or would not answer.
The grumblings we have been hearing recently from some well-thought-of City employees now seem to be echoed by Council. About time! Up to now, citizen complaints about his secretiveness and arrogance have fallen largely on deaf ears. The following short clip of Don Burnette poking at the Manager should become a classic:
While Councilman Burnette’s characterization of Johansson as a trusty, red skinned side-kick was probably uncalled for, and in bad taste it, shows the level of frustration developing on Council. Things got worse for the manager in an exchange with Ted Noftall on the facts surrounding Ted’s recent back charge on his water bill. Johansson showed himself to be not only pompous and secretive but totally misinformed as well. A new low for Port Orange was reached when he said in an OPEN MEETING that he wanted to discuss things with Ted OFFLINE! The only man who topped the manager’s performance was Mayor Green who said Johansson “doesn’t have to” explain himself:
Good stuff guys! Glad I don’t have to work for either of you.