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Here’s The Scoop… Commissioner Clottey Cloaking Herself With Her Degrees….

COMMON SENSE …. FAIR PLAY ….AND DECENCY…TRUMP ANY ADVANCED COLLECTION OF DEGREES….

Dear Readers….Below is a copy of  a “form” e-mail response from Comm. Clottey to her constituents in response to e-mails calling her on her inaction to direct the Town Manager to reconsider BSO Chief Gooding’s “reassignment” and offer him an apology for her [Town Manager] irresponsible…and nonfactual “cause”of fiscal irresponsibility used in the response to media…Commissioner Clottey is now suddenly taken to using her Ph.D, MBA after her name…Hmmmm ….perhaps she feels using them will protect her from the numerous calls of questioning her abilities to serve as Commissioner…Dr. Clottey should be aware that common sense…fair play and common decency are definitely not acquired through academic achievement…they are something most are born with and something one chooses to live by or decides to discard…OUCH!…

THE FORM E-MAIL….

Dear xxxxx

The Police Chief was not fired. He is being reassigned. As you know, I did a lot of research on this matter earlier this week and found that the Town Charter delineates the duties of the Town Manager. Additionally, the contract the town signed with BSO some years ago specifically states that the Town Manager has the right to have the Police Chief transferred.

There is a legal separation of power and duties between the Town Manger and the Town Commission. Unless we want to change our Commission form of government through referendum, we need to follow the rules and spirit of the law. I would have preferred to know about her decision before she implemented it. Perhaps I could have convinced her to take a less drastic course of action. She was not require to do this and obviously did not do this. I tried to put a motion on the floor that, if supported, would have been more of a win-win outcome for the two parties but I was unable to do this. I will always support the will of the people in policy issues. However, this was not a policy issue but a personnel issue that was not under my purview. Personally, I like Chief Gooding and hope our next chief is as nice as Chief Gooding.

Sincerely,

Birute Ann Clottey, Ph. D., MBA

COMMISSIONER CLOTTEY’S COMMENTS AT THE JUNE 30,2009 SPECIAL MEETING CONCERNING CHIEF SCOTT GOODING…..

Comm. Clottey- ” Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for being here tonight and for those of you at home and watching. The meeting this evening I thought had to do with Chief Gooding, not with whether or not we’re going to retain BSO. That’s not something that at least I have talked about with anybody. Um, and I think it’s unfortunate that, that seems to be what same people think is that there is some kind of hidden relationship between the Manager’s decision, was, ah, Chief Scott Gooding and our contract will be coming up in, I guess for renewal in 2011. Late last Friday afternoon I was informed by the Town Manager that Chief Gooding was being reassigned. I have received several phone call and some e-mails since that time. Opinions of the residents have varied. I have taken it upon myself to do some research and do some consultation with people before this meeting. I have reviewed the Town Charter very carefully. As you know the time, this Town Charter states how this is to be governed. No member on this dais took part in writing the Town Charter but this is the instrument that runs our town. Section 68 of the Charter delineates the duties and the powers of the Town Manager.Item two and three apply to this particular situation. Item two and I quote, to appoint or remove all subordinate officers and employees. Three to exercise control and direct supervision over all departments and divisions of municipal government under the classified services or otherwise provided. These are duties that have been given to her by the Town Charter, not by this dais. Without incurring any financial obligation to the town, I consulted an independent legal counsel concerning the Town Manager’s decision and I discussed things that I could do and how I should look at this situation inside and out. I was advised that the current contract with BSO very specifically states how and when the police chief can be replaced. Article 15.3  In the event the Town Manager becomes dissatisfied with the performance of the District Commander/ Chief, the Town Manager shall provide notification to BSO. Thereafter, representatives of  BSO and the Town Manager shall meet and discuss possible remedies of the problems experienced by the Town Manager. BSO agrees to act in good faith in resolving any problems experienced by the Town Manger. The Town Manager may remove the District Commander/ Chief at any time  without cause.. Again, no one on this commission signed this contract with the BSO. This is what the current contract between LBTS and BSO states. It is a binding contract. One that has been around for some years. If the residents of our town want to change the wording of this contract this change can be incorporated very easily into future contracts. However for no the present contract  governs our relationship with the Town Manager. Thank you”

BC- The Town Manager did not adhere to the LBTS-BSO contract …she offered no notification and had no discussion to find a possible remedy with the BSO. The Town Manager did give cause, not in her fax to the Sheriff but in her statements released by the Town PIO to media…..The idea that it matters if any of the sitting commissioners had a hand in the Town Charter to give them cover is absurd…The fact that no one on the dais signed the existing contract is meaningless….and with what we have seen in numerous contracts …residents have no say with the Town and service contractors…unless their Commissioners introduce it…..Comm. Clottey , needs a refund from her independent counsel, if this is what she walked away with to hang her hat on for not questioning and imploring the Town Manager to reconsider her actions…

COMMISSIONER CLOTTEY AFTER COMM. DODD’S MOTION TO REINSTATE AND OFFER AN APOLOGY TO CHIEF COODING…2ND BY THE MAYOR…

Comm. Clottey-” Madam Town Attorney, I remember that ah, when I asked the Town Manager to do something a while ago and I think Mr. Weiss was here and Mr. Weiss was here and said that there was a differentiation of power between the Town Commission and the Town Manager. That we legislate but the Town Manager is the one that does ah, does the things that she has to do. Um, does that fall in this category?

Town Attorney-” You’re correct Commissioner Clottey, that the way your town government under the Charter , day to day running of the town and selection, removal of department heads such as the Chief falls within the Manager’s discretion and it’s not a matter that the this Commission direct it.”

Comm. Clottey-” We heard from the Town Attorney this is not something that is under our control and we don’t vote on things we’re not supposed to be doing.”

BC- Comm. Silverstone asked the Town Atty. again if there could be no action taken on this…she replied the following…

Town Attorney-” The Commission is unable to make this action take place. You could give direction , give input to the Manager, but it’s the Manager’s decision.”

BC- The Town Attorney opened the door for direction to be offered to the Manager…the Vice Mayor (holding the gavel) called for a vote on the original Dodd motion…

Comm. Clottey-” Wait a minute, point of information. We can’t vote on this it’s not a votable matter.”

BC- The VM asked for a determination from the Town Atty….

Town Attorney-” My determination if you were to vote to do this it would not have any effect because this is not a matter you have power over. So I would suggest that if you want to do something that would have an effect, you might want to consider, the maker of the motion might want to consider whether they want to rephrase it.”

Comm. Dodd- …asked for that direction of rephrasing it from the Town Atty….

Town Attorney-” What you could Commissioner Dodd is move for a sense of the Commission to advise the Manager that you would like to see her bring back Chief Gooding. But I cannot give you a motion that would make that happen, that’s not within the power of this dais. But you could certainly ask for a vote on whether you’re in favor of bringing Chief Gooding back.”

BC- Comm. Dodd made the revised motion as the Town Atty. suggested…

Comm. Clottey- ” I want to put another motion on the floor.”

Town Attorney-” You could offer a friendly amendment up to Commissioner Dodd whether to accept it.”

Comm. Clottey-” I think, it’s I’m not sure why you’re putting this motion on the floor because it’s not something that the Commissioner has any power or control.”

Comm. Dodd -” I think we do have the power. I think we have the power to recommend to the Town Manager that this is not the direction that we the Commission feel that we should be going.”

Comm. Clottey-” This is not a policy, this decision and the people from BSO. I hope you understand this is not a policy decision. This is one person of your employees that we’re talking about and I don’t think that this Commission should be making a motion concerning an employee of BSO. I have a problem with that. I personally like Scott Gooding, but I also believe the Town Manager has a job.”

BC- Commissioner Clottey Ph.D, MBA could not understand that she was being asked in the motion made by Comm. Dodd, 2nd by Mayor Minnet with direction by the Town Attorney to inform the Town Manager that the Commission supported Chief Scott Gooding, and wanted Chief Scott Gooding to be reinstated  thus allowing each Commissioner to state for the record where they stood on the Town Manager’s decision, while understanding it came with no power to change the Town Manager’s actions…(or did it? If the Manager had seen a majority on the dais voted to support the Chief?)…. Comm. Clottey made it clear right up to her vote that she did not support Scott Gooding, she supported the Town Manager…crudely  emphasized her closing remarks when calling Chief Gooding “this one person of one of your employees that we’re talking about and I don’t think that this Commission should be making a motion concerning an employee of the BSO.”…YIKES!…

BC- So how in the world Dr-Comm. Clottey can send a form letter to her constituents claiming…”I would have preferred to know about her decision before she [ Town Manager] implemented it. Perhaps I could have convinced her to take a less drastic course of action…..when she had the ability after the fact on June 30th to state and vote to do just that …and did not…. is incredibly disingenuous….To also write…”I tried to put a motion on the floor that, if supported, would have been more of a win-win outcome for the two parties but I was unable to do this”. … A look at the video and her comments show she did no such thing…She was not allowed to make her motion due to a motion already on the table…She offered no friendly amendment as the Town Atty. said she could and she did not ask to put her motion forth after Com. Dodd’s failed…Again she has not been honest in her response to her constituents….To end her form e-mail.response……”I will always support the will of the people in policy issues. However, this was not a policy issue but a personnel issue that was not under my purview. Personally, I like Chief Gooding and hope our next chief is as nice as Chief Gooding.”….brings incredible sadness to this writer…for she certainly did not support the will of the people….and if this is how she treats a police chief she “personally likes”…the next police chief better watch out …for her  and the Manager ….

BC-We hear there is a growing call for Comm. Clottey to step down now or to consider not retaining her seat for her full term…Perhaps she should do just as she did she when confronted with not retaining Chief Gooding in stating….”I have taken it upon myself to do some research and do some consultation”….and do us all a favor…that would be doing the will of the people!…

more to come…..

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