.[editors note] As a observer from the sidelines, and in view of the number of State awards won by Mr. Miller & his crew, the City Manager would serve the best interest of the citizens of Port Orange by transposing the positions of Water Manager Steve Miller and Utility Director Andrew Neff. OK folks what do you think?
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Bob Martinez Center
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
Rick Scott Governor
Carlos Lopez-Cantera Lt. Governor
Jonathan P. Steverson Secretary
January 15, 2016
Mr. Steven Miller
Chief Water Plant Operator
City of Port Orange, Florida – Charles B. Garnsey Water Treatment Plant
1000 City Center Circle
Port Orange, FL 32127
Dear Mr. Miller:
I am very pleased to announce that City of Port Orange, Florida – Charles B. Garnsey Water Treatment Plant (3641044) has been selected to receive a 2015 Plant Operations Excellence Award from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in recognition of outstanding treatment plant operation, maintenance, and compliance.
The award will be presented at a ceremony to be held at a Florida Rural Water Association seminar called Focus on Change. The seminars will take place in Panama City, Lake City, Ocala, Haines City, Punta Gorda, and Tamarac. Your award will be presented on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, during the morning general session of the seminar at Marion County Agricultural Center, 2232 N.E. Jacksonville Road, Ocala, Florida. The details of the award ceremony will be available shortly at http://www.frwa.net/. I hope that you and/or representatives from your facility will be able to attend.
Congratulations! We look forward to seeing you on March 2. If you have any questions, please contact Virginia Harmon at (850) 245-8630 or via email at email@example.com. It is not necessary to RSVP for the event.
Frederick L. Aschauer, Jr.
Division of Water Resource Management
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Aaron Watkins, DEP Central District Office, email@example.com
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Comment from local taxpayer
In reply to taxpayer.
You hit the nail on the head taxpayer. The CM would be wise to look into what happened at Mr. Neff’s previous assignment in Seminole County. He landed in Seminole County after being asked to resign from his previous three assignments. His County Manager in Seminole County, Joe Forte, who is now the CM in Holly Hill supported Mr. Neff’s running roughshod over his subordinates and skirting the rules until they both ended up in Tallahassee before the State Ethics Commission. This was around the time Joe Forte, Andrew Neff and a number of Joe Forte’s management team where asked to resign in Seminole County.
It is ironic that after being asked to leave Seminole County and landing in Holly Hill that Joe Forte would contact his old I.C.M.A. Lifesaver buddy David Harden and ask him to reject all viable candidates that had legitimately applied for the Port Orange Public Utilities Director position and call in a favor for his old buddy and fellow reject Andy Neff. This is the same old shit that Greg Kisela did, and we all know what the end result of that was. Mr. Johansson would be wise to take the advise of the great essayist and philosopher George Santayana which states that he that does not learn from the mistakes of the past is doomed to repeat them over and over again. Hopefully Mr. Johansson will take heed of this wisdom and not go the way of Greg Kisela by supporting the kind of serious baggage that Mr. Neff represents.