Un-authorizied use of City seal – by Councilman Burnette
To Jake Johannson, City Manager
Manager Johansson I have 3 simple questions,
They go to the core of your professional responsibilities and challenge your commitment to an open and transparent administration.
1) Why isn’t the Attorney’s report on the Use of the City logo that is to be presented at tonight’s council meeting noted on the agenda along with the source material in support of same ?
2) Why was tonight’s meeting not called as a special meeting where Council action could be taken, but rather as a workshop where Council action is not authorized.
3) Why should residents believe anything other than — Neither you, the Attorney, the Mayor or Council intend taking any timely action regarding Councilman Brunette’s Un-authorized use of the City seal on his campaign flyer.
The benefit Burnette has gathered through his un-authorized use of the City seal in convincing seniors that he is the “official city endorsed ” candidate for Mayor, if not mitigated by Council action will forever taint the 2016 election by disadvantaging the other two candidates, and further stymie Port Orange’s efforts to retain its good reputation.
Further inaction will also leave Port Orange open to various Florida Election Commission charges as Municipalities are not permitted to make political contributions — De-facto in-kind or otherwise.
It will also encourage other un-authorized use of the City seal as people quickly realize that if Burnette is not sanctioned then neither will they.