What were you thinking, man…..!!? You’d rehire Warren Pike as Public Works Director?!!
When the editor of this blog took down your recent post in support of that notion he did you a favor. Maybe you can say it was someone else using your name? A foggy mental breakdown? Bad advice from Ernest and Julio? What post?
The reasons for rehiring Pike certainly didn’t sound like the Ted I know:
1. He wasn’t as bad as the rest of the bozos on the bus.
2. Port Orange can’t do any better.
3. He’ll work cheap.
4. He ain’t the man he used to be.
The problems in Port Orange that began to surface in 2012 were a long time in the making and Pike had been around a long time. Saying that someone is the best of the worst under those circumstances is no great praise. Port Orange is, in my opinion, one of the most desirable places to live in Florida (and therefore the nation) so I think we can certainly attract a Director without integrity issues. And, while I think that upper management is often overpaid and usually selected on the wrong set of qualifications I don’t want to hire the “low bidder” as a department head. Finally, I hope Mr Pike is not the man he used to be, but I have yet to see or hear him advocate for honesty and transparency except in so far as it will benefit him.
Anyone else with Pike’s baggage would instantly be criticized heavily by Ted Noftall but I hear you saying in his case that we should hire a competent thief because the only other option is an incompetent thief. We can do better.
Mike and Dianne Gardner
618 Ruth St
Port Orange, FL 32127
“I haven’t committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law.” Former NYC mayor David Dinkins.