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Here’s The Scoop … You Can’t Make This Stuff Up ! …

WHAT A STAFF …

Dear Readers ….You just can’t make this stuff up… Hot on the heels of the “Detailed Report” in the previous post that showed the substandard staff the Town had in place under the former Town Manager and the major blunders that cost the taxpayers in paying out monies in excess of what terminated Town Manager Esther Colon was entitled to…as well as past payments to the Florida Retirement System for her and possibly insurance benefits to other employees ….we find the following memos…

On May 18, 2010 Interim Town Manager Hoffman sent a memo to the Commission.. stating it was a memo from the former Town Manager

“FYI:¬† We found this memo to you from former Town Manager, Esther Colon, in a pile of items to be filed in the Human Resources Office.”

Below is the e-mail from Colon…

“April 20, 2010

To: Town Commission, Town of Lauderdale -By-The-Sea

Via June White, Town Clerk, Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea

As per Section 5.0 of my employment agreement with the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, upon receipt of written unilateral termination and vote by the Town Commission, I have surrendered  all Town property to the Town Clerk and Human Resource Manager as required.

My tenure with the Town has been rewarding. I want to thank the Town residents and elected officials for their support and for giving me the opportunity to serve this community. Most of all, I wish to express my sincere respect and admiration for all the loyal hardworking staff I have had the privilege and pleasure to work with. I will truly miss you.

Respectfully submitted:

Esther Colon

Town of Lauderdale-By-The Sea

cc John Olinzock, Assistant

Town Attorney

Kathy O’Brien, Human Resource Manager

Received by: Town Clerk, June White on:________________ Date & Time

Witness __________”

BC- You see, you can’t make this stuff up…The former Town Manager states it has been rewarding…Yep, $69,308.62 …that was quite rewarding…Colon writes ” Most of all, I wish to express my sincere respect and admiration for all the loyal hardworking staff I have had the privilege and pleasure to work with. I will truly miss you.”…As Colon left, her staff … “Galpal” HR/Risk Mgr. Kathy O’Brien who majorly screwed up according to the “Detailed Report” either on her own or under Colon’s direction…could not even properly file Colon’s parting letter!…And Town Clerk White who was to sign it and distribute it could not manage to follow through either!…Why are we not surprised…

A look at the backup for the May 25th meeting under Town Manager Report should make all taxpayers, residents and businesses in LBTS know we are on the right track now… Take a look at the list of what is being done…and what is needed to get the Town up to par …finally …by a qualified person with the credentials to be Town Manager to see to the Town’s business is being prioritized and organized without going off into left field to play politics or cover-up for decisions made without the direction or knowledge of the Commission …

more to come……

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