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Palm Bay: It Almost Seems They Can’t Help Themselves.

It almost seems that Palm Bay can’t stop hiring and promoting the same people that caused or were a part of the lack of trust that citizens have in the City.

Former Brevard County commissioner Andy Anderson is now serving his second stint as Palm Bay’s interim deputy city manager.

Interim City Manager Lisa Morrell appointed Anderson to the post Monday, following the firings of Palm Bay City Hall’s three highest-ranking administrators.

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Anderson is Palm Bay’s economic development and external affairs director, earning $91,857 per year. He was hired in May 2015 while serving as District 5 Brevard County commissioner, a post that he held from 2008-16.

“Mr. Anderson has the capable knowledge of critical and high priority city projects in progress,” Morrell stated in a press release.

“He will have shared oversight of essential projects within the departments of Public Works, Facilities, Economic Development, and Growth Management and will offer these project areas additional leadership, collaboration, and continuity for actionable execution and success,” Morrell stated.

One of the things that was said about Anderson when he returned to the City was that he had “lots of contacts.” (Who knew that government was a social media circle?)

Apparently one of the “contacts” that Anderson did not have was with law enforcement and the City Council.

When former City Manager Gregg Lynk was in trouble for corruption, Anderson didn’t say anything. He never appeared before the City Council to say “you have a problem here.” As far as we know, he never said anything to anyone.

We would even venture to say that Anderson’s “contacts” did not display the best in judgement. If you remember, Anderson was good friends and worked with Dave Isnardi, who resigned from the City under less than favorable conditions and now is suing the City to get his job back. Anderson was a strong supporter of Mitch Needleman, who was convicted of bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, bid tampering and official misconduct in October, 2017. The convictions were overturned and a new trial ordered based on a juror looking up the statutes for bribery which is not what jurors are supposed to do.

Furthermore, have people forgotten that while serving in the full time position of County Commissioner, Anderson was also working in Palm Bay? While legal, there is no one on this planet that thought that the active “double dipping” was ethical and demonstrated the appearance of impropriety.

So now, after all that, the City decides to promote him?

We are sorry to say this, but this seems to be the City being tone deaf to citizens.

People are tired the so called “good ol’ boys” network where people “term out” of one position, and then return to a job they left to go elsewhere.

We are tired of the never ending circle of the same people bouncing all over Brevard County and then returning to previous jobs as if they were some tax funded golden parachute of a new job.

The fact of the matter is that Palm Bay got into the situation it is in by recycling and retreading people like Anderson. People were hired based on friendship and “who they knew.” Instead of changing that direction, the City seems to desperately trying to prove the old adage of “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Yet it may get worse:

On Friday, Palm Bay officials started advertising the vacant deputy city manager posts. Salary range is $85,194 to $128,322, and Anderson has been encouraged to submit his application for consideration.

Oy vey.

This is very distressing news to anyone in the City of Palm Bay that thought that the removal of Gregg Lynk, the removal of an HR person and the removal of two Deputy City Managers was a move in the right direction for ridding Palm Bay of corruption, and those who enabled it by standing by and doing nothing.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.



3 Responses to “Palm Bay: It Almost Seems They Can’t Help Themselves.”

  1. Truthful says:

    Tragic. As Palm Bay leadership finally appeared to move in a different direction, toward more ethical and less self-serving behavior, the city just took a giant step backwards to reattach itself to what has been weighing it down. Is this the only paradigm of leadership they know?

  2. Whatsamatter Foryou says:

    The headline should read…..
    After a nationwide search, Andy Anderson was once again named Deputy City Manager

    • AAfterwit says:

      Whatsmatter Foryou,

      Thank you for your comment.

      If your statement were true, we would have written it that way.

      It’s not true, so either you want us to write something untrue, or you are being sarcastic. In the case of the latter, the sarcasm didn’t work really well.

      A. Afterwit.

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