Palm Bay: DEVELOPING: Dear Gregg, Can We Get Our Car Back?

According to one source, after last week’s City Council meeting, Gregg Lynk hopped in the car provided by the City for the City Manager, picked up his girlfriend and drove to South Florida.

According to the same source, the City is wondering whether to report the vehicle as stolen or simply go down to South Florida and have it towed back here.

Lynk was no longer an employee of the City and therefore not entitled to use of the vehicle.

The City is deciding whether to report the car as stolen or to simply go and have the car towed back here.

We have no issues with the car being reported as stolen. Let the chips fall where they may on that one.

If the City decides to have the vehicle towed, according to long distance towing rates online, the cost would be $500.00 and up. Certainly the City of Palm Bay and the taxpayers shouldn’t have to eat that cost. That should come out of the severance package Lynk received.

No one should be immune from ripping the taxpayers and the City off.

One question that should be asked is “no one thought to get Lynk’s keys the moment he was terminated?”

No one said “turn over all City property?”

In times of crisis and personal challenges, true character comes through.

4 Responses to “Palm Bay: DEVELOPING: Dear Gregg, Can We Get Our Car Back?”

  1. Thomas Gaume says:

    This is rather an easy problem to remedy as there are only two logical answers.

    Give him clear and clean title to the car and subtract the value from his 20 weeks of severance, vacation time, and sick time. Basically giving him a check for what he is due less the value of the car.

    The only other logical option is to report it stolen and press criminal charges associated with its theft.

    • AAfterwit says:

      Thomas Gaume,

      Thank you for the comment.

      The option of deducting something from a last pay or severance is appealing to us, but may depend on one or two things (or both.)

      The first would be how the employment contract is worded when it comes to City property. T

      The second thing is that many states, and we don’t know about Florida, say that the last paycheck may not be withheld and the company has to file a separate legal action to recover the items or their value.

      The question that we think has to be answered is “how would the City handle this if someone took City tools, City equipment, etc.?” Would they just allow it to walk or go the route of filing charges? If it is the latter, than the City has what we would consider a moral and ethical responsibility to say “we don’t treat people differently because of their previous position in the City. We don’t treat management different in cases like this” and do what they have always done.

      As you well know, one of the problems people have had with the City is the disparate treatment based on not only who people know in the City, but the level people have obtained in the City’s hierarchy. In our opinion, it is time to end that disparity.

      Mr. Lynk should be treated the same as some worker that took tools, equipment, etc. If the City files a theft report in those cases, they should do the same here. As the value of the car is above $1000, that puts the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony.

      A. Afterwit.

    • Betty Herron says:

      Amen! I 100% agree with Thomas Gaume!

  2. DAVID Kearns says:

    Typically, should you or I drive off with a vehicle we didn’t own, we’d be charged with a crime.

    I guess maybe we need not belabor the point of WHY the cabal is on the way out.