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Here’s The Scoop … April 26, 2010 Special Meeting … Part 2 … Let’s Try This Again … Interim Town Manager

April 26, 2010 by Barbara

LOOKS LIKE A WINNER ….

STAFF DIRECTORY
Interim Town Manager Connie Hoffmann 954-776-0576

http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/town/directory.htm

Dear Readers …. the Town has already changed once again the Town Manager online….after the Commission hired her this morning at the Special Meeting to deal with the aftermath of the termination of Esther Colon and the subsequent (was it subsequent of did it pre-date the firing of Ms. Colon) actions of the newly appointed Interim Town Manager John Olinzock and staff…(prev. post)…

With JohnO now officially terminated and making his way out of Jarvis Hall …the Mayor turned to the next item which was to find his replacement… The Mayor stated the candidates for the position “have heard it all”…alluding to the incredible exchange that took place in front of them leading up to the 5-0 vote…Comm. Vincent asked if any of the candidates would not be able to serve as Town Manager immediately as that was now of the utmost importance…He went on to speak of allowing the applicants 2-3 minutes to speak and do so in alphabetical order… “Clueless” Clottey interjected that it was an important decision and was it advisable to do this now without checking their references …because she said we all know that resume’s can “have some errors in them” (meaning they could be falsified, we opine) … Atty. Weiss shored up the ability to move forward and the Mayor said she had done her due diligence since receiving the resumes’ …3 others on the dais concurred… It turned out that a few of the candidates thought this was for the whole enchilada and took a pass on the short stint as Interim…It appears they would throw their hats in the ring for the RFP when it comes out…Someone shouted out that the candidates should not be in the room when others were introducing themselves and answering questions…Atty. Weiss countered the opposite was required for Sunshine unless the applicants all decided to go that route …It appeared they did and Finance Director Kaola King led them to the Senior Center to await their turns due to Town Hall still being locked down… They started with Bud Bentley (resume’ prev. post) …he stated among his qualifications negotiating with BSO…no questions were asked of him from the Commissioners… Next was Daniel Coffer…His resume’ was among those distributed on Friday to the Commission … (we hear it was in their boxes after the lock down precluding them to see it before the meeting)…He stated he lived in LBTS …Clottey decided that she should ask each if they were for the interim job and/ or the permanent position…He was for both…Up next was Connie Hoffman (resume’ prev. post)…Ms. Hoffman took the opportunity to speak about what an interim does and her expertise in the role as well as her prior experience as a City Manager (Ft. Laud.) …She had put the interim only position on her cover Page according to Clottey…But Ms. Hoffman seemed to be reconsidering it… Mark Lauzier came to the podium (resume’ prev. post) and said he was a consultant who was also the prev. City Mgr. of Parkland …He was asked by Clottey his preference and said both and also answered Clottey as to why he left Parkland …He said he has a “special needs” child…and left to make a change…was not satisfied and that references will show no termination… Mike Mahaney  (resume’ prev. post) was the recently fired Deerfield Beach City Mgr. who described his sense of the issues here in town such as restrooms sewer problems and such and the plus of having his engineering degree…He said he has a close personal relationship with God and explained the family tragedy of an ill son and not wanting to leave the area while the son is in treatment…Asked by Clottey about the permanent position as well as his termination in Deerfield Mr. Mahaney spoke of his stance over a Fire Inspector and his downfall due to politics over his decision…John Thompson came to re-introduce himself to Commissioners he knew and introduce himself to the two new dais members…He explained his wanting to offer to serve as he had in the past if needed and to assure it was for interim only when asked by Clottey stating he would consult afterward if need be … Edward J. Werder  (resume’ prev. post) the Col. from BSO said he received a phone call last Tues.night and came to offer his service …he explained his current role as a consultant to the BSO dealing with the crime lab and explained he was looking to  see if their was a conflict …as to not cause any for the Town and for himself and his reputation…He spoke of the “stressers” felt in Town  and the ability to assist in an investigation without impeding the Commission’s ability to move on with the business of the Town…Clottey asked her permanent/interim question…told of her conflict issues with BSO’s contract coming up and asked if Werder sign an agreement not to consult with BSO for a year or two after leaving employment from the Town…Werder said it would depend if the position was for interim or permanent…verifying in any case he would not allow for any conflict of interest…Last up was Elbert E.Wrains (resume’ prev. post) …He said he was ready to serve immediately…spoke of his experience …hands on style and was here to serve as an interim Town Manager ..but would not rule out the permanent position… With that the Commission took a break…

The Mayor returned to reiterate Town Hall was still closed until the new Town Manager was in place…Comm. Clottey asked they prioritize and get a short list of 3-4 candidates…Comm. Vincent again reiterated a short list as well and how it would work with each dais member choosing 3 and sending the list on down to the Town Clerk (Oh ye of great faith in the Town Clerk’s tabulating skills!)… Comm. Vincent went on to explain his process for a tie as well…Once it was clarified and accepted  with one Town Atty. change to read the names aloud, the process began with the Commissioners filling out a sheet of paper and passing it down…Town Clerk White didn’t disappoint those of us who know how truly inept she is in her position when she was unable to tabulate the results…She said there was a tie… The Commission asked her to read them..even that was a problem and the Town Atty. needed to step in..

Comm. Clottey- Hoffman/Mahoney/ Thompson

Comm. Vincent -Hoffman/ Bentley/ Lauzier

VM Dodd- Hoffman/ Werder/ Coffer

Mayor Minnet – Hoffman/ Wraines/ Lauzier

Comm. Sasser- Hoffman/ Werder/ Mahaney

The Commission informed the Town Clerk there was no tie (for 1st choice)…as VM Dodd informed the rest of the candidates an RFP would be going out and they could re-apply…Clottey tried to say the process was not proper because she thought they were done..with no second choice… and it still required a final vote…The Mayor assured her a motion was going to follow …Comm. Vincent also thanked the candidates as did Mayor Minnet ..who added thanks to her fellow Commissioners for moving this process ahead…The Atty. gave advice for the motion and offered there needed to be direction for guidance in the employment of Ms. Hoffman… The Mayor then added a clear 2nd choice was required due to any problems in negotiation…That was where there was a tie of sorts… and the Commission needed to vote once more …But not before the Town Clerk incorrectly read back the 2nd choices…The votes were as follows…Clottey- Mahaney….Sasser- Werder….Minnet & Vincent & Dodd – Lauzier… ..A name that Town Clerk White could not wrap around her tongue…(she did apologize)… So 2nd choice was Mark Lauzier… The appointment was made for Hoffman and Lauzier if she could not serve…by Dodd and Vincent..But a vote did not come until “Clueless” Clottey again put a crimp in the process by stating the problem with past salary amounts…The Town Atty. said make motion and then proceed with the negotiations…The vote was taken 5-0… Connie Hoffman was the new Interim Town Manager of LBTS!…

Atty. Brett Schneider said a member of the Commission should be a liaison …and Vincent-Dodd made the 1-2 motion for the Mayor to take on that role…passed 5-0….The Mayor addressed the investigation aspect that was separated out from the Olinzock termination motion…being the first priority for the new TM to expedite…Clottey said it was putting the “cart before the horse” …The Town Atty. was asked for a recommendation …Trevarthen acknowledged Ms. Hoffman who came to the podium and offered to negotiate there and then in a 10 minute break to hit the ground running and even offered to work with no compensation for a few days if there was no immediate  agreement…Town Atty. Trevarthen was agreeable and said it could be done this way with the Resolution to be voted on at Tuesday night’s Comm. meeting (a Resolution was never done for Colon)… A 10 minute break was called after Comm. Sasser said if they were not finished in 10 minutes they should go for the non-compensation offered up by Hoffman… A break was called….

At 11:08 am the Mayor came to the dais as did the rest of the Commission etc…She thanked the Commission..Hoffman and the Town Atty…The Town Atty. recapped the discussion that took place…The new Interim Town Manager would be an “at will’ employee and would be compensated $10,000 a month…with the ability for health ins. after 31 days…cell phone expenses …No car…or  reimbursement…No accrued vacation or sick leave…and she would not get paid for time not working …such a being sick …The Commission and Hoffman would start all over if she stayed on after being again chosen by the Commission for a permanent position… Clottey crass as usual asked that Hoffman get a background check and drug test…Hoffman of course said she would (it is a requirement)…but informed Clottey that would require  a few days…Clottey said it was customary…Hoffman joke she would of course get one and if their were any problems found she would be gone!…Atty. Schneider added the agreement would still be terminable without cause…serving at the pleasure of the Commission… Comm. Sasser wanted to clarify the amount and if terminated the costs entailed just for time owed…and was assured it was so….The Mayor reminded all the Resolution would be tomorrow night and allow for public comment…The Town Atty. again went over the agreement …The motion made by Dodd- Vincent was passed 5-0…

The Mayor then gave direction concerning the payout to the newly terminated John Olinzock to the new Town Manager along with the inquiry…Clottey said she wanted the results made public …The other Commissioners looked at her yet again with a look of “Clueless”…and added of course…transparency yadayadayada….The direction passed 5-0… Clottey tried to state the Charter requires an Asst. Town Manager for taking the place of the Town Manager when the Town Manager is away…NOPE!… She is wrong as Comm. Vincent informed her ….In fact as prev. posted when JohnO was elevated in 2008 from Asst. To TM to Asst. TM the employment agreement took that out!… The new Town Manager said that while she did not have to discuss it she would with each Commissioner knowing the situation and the would get feedback to present her decision tomorrow night…NICE!…

A motion was then made by VM Dodd to cancel the 7 pm meeting for Capital Improvement Projects…it was to be led by the just terminated JohnO and it can be brought back under TM Hoffman at another time…passed 5-0…

The meeting was adjourned…

We hear new Interim Town Manager went right into the now opened Town Hall …. rolled up her sleeves to get right to work…and to deal with whatever she walked into to when she accepted her new position!…

More pics…

Thanks to the Roving Photogs….

more to come….


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