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Here’s The Scoop … Wonder Woman Is Just A Costume? …

HANGING IT UP? …

Dear Readers …Just who is the Town Manager? … If we are to judge her from her own words on the dais from the day she took the job in April 2007 …She was not going to “play second fiddle” to anyone …She either was going to be Town Manager or she was going back to Finance.. and in hindsight while many wish the decision would not have been made so swiftly it was a precursor for the kind of Town Manager Esther Colon would be… A look at the April and May 2007 meetings (prev. posts) show that on this point alone she was straight with us…On her assertions for only wanting to hire the best employees and anything else to do with her contract…we were truly fed a load …unfortunately…Those points might never have seen the light of day except…this writer became curious and disturbed by who  the Town Manager was elevating into key positions …and a look at the contract to see if she had a performance review in it ( unsatisfactorily finished some 10 months later)…proved to counter her claims of looking for the best people when she was offered and took the Manager position…with or without the knowledge of her “protectors” Comm. Jim Silverstone and Vice Mayor Jerry McIntee… This manager has had a whole host of unilateral decisions and actions made on and off the dais that raised red flags…She met every one of them with an iron hand and a determination to fight (she said just this month she always up for a good fight) … and repeatedly declared she was not gonna change and if the the residents and the commission didn’t like it fire her…(of course she knew that firing her would cost the town approx. $250,000 and we have heard throughout this year from many insiders that she what she was aiming for)… Otherwise she said quite emphatically she was going to do her job the same way she has been …and we better get used to it!…

This writer at the beginning of this process stood at the podium and said Ms. Colon was a strong professional woman…Other women throughout this town have said what’s up with the Town Manager, she says these things on the dais and then certain commissioners paint a picture of a woman who is being “attacked” and  “abused”..who is “thin skinned”…who takes it “personally”…Calling her a “jewel” …and having it appear in a neighboring local newspaper… Saying that the public speaking about her performance was a “lynching”…

There are some real questions being asked by the women in this town…about statements like this being made by the “Gang  of 3” commissioners over fulfilling their obligation to perform an annual review as required within her 2007 contract…

If Town Manager Colon was not Esther but was Edward would such comments have been made?… If she were a man would the Vice Mayor feel the need on 3 separate occasions to tell all of her habit of staying in local motels after working late into the night?…Would the Vice Mayor have said old Ed was being pilloried when constructive criticism was made on his actions throughout the year?… Would Jimmy-boy be going into the office everyday to chat it up with Manager Ed Colon..or perhaps he’d just be shootin’ a few baskets on the court?…Would McIntee cry out so often “blame me, blame us, not her!”…” I’ll take it cause I have to but  not her”…if not for her gender?… How about those 10 outside meetings McIntee says he’s attended in the last 31/2 years…would he have heard what he now claims he heard “she’s a cracker jack, she’s dynamite”would that be said about Ed?…….Would Silverstone say that Edward Colon needs to correct being “thin skinned” and that it’s beyond his [Silverstone ] ability with such passion?…

It’s unnerving to independent women and professional women to see this great unfolding dichotomy of Esther Colon …Which one is the real Town Manager?…The woman who speaks for herself on the dais, says she argues and she will browbeat her staff  not the commissioner  while running  the town as she see fit, no gray area allowed,  only black and white and if you don’t like it terminate me?…Or the woman who, if we are to believe her “Gang of 3”, is falling apart behind closed doors and needs to be rescued and protected from those residents, commissioners who dare to ask for a required annual performance review and to ask her to be accountable for the decisions she made as Town Manager of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea?…

The Reverend Hunsaker spoke at the Town Manager Special meeting of former Town Manager Bob Baldwin having Teflon, perhaps that’s because he had no gang protecting him or because of his gender, accountability was taken like a man?…

Whether we choose a man or a woman will surely enter into the picture when the time comes to find  a new town manager, no matter if it’s  in 4 months or 4 years…And for that, this writer is truly saddened. But as far as this woman is concerned and many others like me who witnessed the extraordinary measures taken in the last 10 months of this long drawn out review process, it will be an issue to consider because of the “gang of 3” hanging out to dry the “Wonder Woman” costume worn for the last 2 years by Esther Colon Town Manager with their actions to “protect” her!..

more to come…

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