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Here’s The Scoop … Whitewash … 2009 LBTS Town Manager Performance Review … Save The Date …. 10/12/09 …

HERE SITS TOWN MANAGER ESTHER COLON …

Dear Readers … SAVE THE DATE …The Town Commission has chosen to have a workshop on OCTOBER 12, 2009 at 4 PM… JARVIS HALL…

They are bringing in the FLOCities RANGE RIDERS … Will the retired Town Manager do our Town Manager’s Performance Review? If so, the requirement of Ms. Colon’s contract will have been further breached in this writer’s opinion. This commission was made aware of the fact that the Manager’s contract called for an annual review BEFORE the adoption of the budget which took place on September 28th (Yom Kippur) last February…

At the last commission meeting Commissioner Clottey led the way to change the agreed upon process of the evaluation to be done by this commission at the last workshop……and she implied the Range Riders would the review …saying they were unbiased…This writer disagrees after reading about them ……

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“PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The Range Rider Program, a joint project of the Florida City and County Management Association
(FCCMA) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), is designed to make
retired members of the city and county management profession available to local government
managers and administrators to help solve their business-related problems. Range Riders, who are
selected by the FCCMA Board of Directors, are made available at no charge to local government
managers and non-manager cities and counties for private counseling. Range Riders are envisioned
as friends, colleagues and counselors to the government and individual managers and should not
be considered as “consultants” to the local governments.
Range Riders will meet periodically with managers, on request, to discuss developments in the
management field and professional concerns of the managers. Range Riders also are available to
discuss the form of government with elected officials. Discussions may include such topics as relations
with council, career changes, selection of managers, professional management techniques, financial
and general budgetary problems, staff reorganization and training, and questions of professional
ethics.
The Range Riders also have easy access to FCCMA and ICMA programs and resources. These
advantages make this program an attractive source of outside counsel for the management
profession.
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS
Local government managers and non-manager cities and counties”

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The Commissioners were contacted today about the workshop…It will be posted outside Jarvis Hall and in Town Hall…Doing so at that 4 pm time… before the next commission meeting will severely cut down the amount of people who will attend unless the word is put out and also cut down on resident input if they are allowed time to speak…

So it’s up to the organizations, the businesses and the voters to make it on the 12th and hope they can be heard…at last!….

more to come….

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