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Palm Bay: Our Graphic Response To The REMF Copote’s Call For City Manager Morrell To Resign.

It’s been a few days since we wrote about Palm Bay Mayor Capote’s letter to City Manager Morrell asking for her resignation.

We have been trying to figure out the reason and timing for this illogical and divisive action from Capote.

We know that the Mayor was upset with Morrell’s legally required compliance and assistance with the JLAC audit. We know that he was upset that Morrell wouldn’t cover for him on the issue of the improperly supplied car he was driving around. We suspect that he is not thrilled with Waste Management not submitting a proposal for trash removal in the City as it appears Capote wanted Waste Management to get the contract no matter with and that includes not having to compete for it. (After all, if and when he loses his race for the County Commission, we believe he’ll need a job.)

As the days have passed our anger over this has not subsided, and so here is our graphical response to Capote’s call for Morrell’s resignation:

EDITOR’S NOTE: We want to make it clear that we are not calling for harm to befall Capote. We want him “wiped” from the political face of the City, the County, the State and the Nation. The people deserve better than him.

There is something else to be considered in this REMF created mess.

Every week, there is a meeting between the Mayor, the Palm Bay Charter officers and the staff department heads. As communication is important in any organization, these types of meetings can be beneficial to giving plans, updates on progress of projects, addressing issues before they get out of hand, etc.

If Capote had an issue and the people in the room wanted Morrell to take “the point” on information to the public, he could have said so. The group could have agreed on the best strategy in these situation which is “one voice.” If the group – including the Mayor – had decided that was the best course of action, Capote’s letter would have mentioned that.

His letter does not.

This means that Capote was continuing his style of “management” of “leading from the rear,” and criticizing those with whom he offered no practical solutions.

That’s what REMF’s do.

That’s what Capote does.



13 Responses to “Palm Bay: Our Graphic Response To The REMF Copote’s Call For City Manager Morrell To Resign.”

  1. Kat fevoe says:

    Capote is a huge ASS

  2. Karen says:

    Leading from the rear—and worse— is what crossed my mind while listening to a recent video of Capote speaking on this topic. One could assume his intention was to address and reassure citizens of Palm Bay at a time when united efforts and real leadership is called for (and not in that order), but my hopes were quickly dashed.

    I felt ill watching his smirky slurpy empty performance. Took me three tries to get to the end. What emitted consistently throughout: a smug, immature, self-interested attempt to justify an appalling lack of any action whatsoever that demonstrates adequate handling of his responsibilities.

    Aside from his public admission to basically lying in wait since Hurricane Dorian (O.M.G!) for another chance to prove he “cares” about the people of Palm Bay, via tearing others down, it’ll stick with me forever the visual this man (can’t call him a mayor) painted for me. Him strolling in on the Monday following important health-related closures to the public, to sit in his office and ponder, is all I need to “see”.

    He criticizes and blames everyone around him but it sounds like he hasn’t lifted a finger, let alone his arse from his seat.

    People of Palm Bay, we need to get smarter and work harder as a community – and fast!

  3. Steven Wilson says:

    If everyone would educate themselves and read the publicly available city charter you would actually inform yourself with factual information. The mayor is not the public figure you want him to be. If you want that move to a major city to have that experience. This solely resides on the city manager and if you knew that you would understand why the request for resignation was made. Outlining a hurricane only shows the patience given. After all, he initially vouched for her to be the city manager when others weren’t onboard with what happened with the Lynk fiasco. A lot of you need to get your head out of your asses.

    • AAfterwit says:

      Steve Wilson,

      Thank you for your comment.

      We have read the City Charter.

      Here’s the pertinent information on the job of the City Manager:

      Section 4.01 CITY MANAGER.
      There shall be a city manager who shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the city. The manager shall be responsible to the council for the administration of all city affairs placed in the manager’s charge by or under this charter.
      4.011 Appointment. The council shall appoint a manager by a majority vote of all councilmembers. The manager shall be selected solely on the basis of administrative and executive qualifications. At the time of appointment, the manager need not be a resident of the city or state. However, should the manager change residency subsequent to his appointment, the manager shall reside within the city during his tenure.
      4.012 Removal. The council may remove the manager by majority vote of all the councilmembers, by a resolution, which states the cause(s) for removal, unless by contract, cause(s) is not required.
      4.013 Compensation. The compensation of the manager shall be fixed by the council and shall not be reduced during the manager’s period of employment except by the consent of the manager.
      4.014 Bond. The city manager shall furnish a surety bond to be approved by the council. The premium of the bond shall be paid by the city. The amount of the bond shall be fixed by the council.
      4.015 Powers and duties. The city manager shall:
      (a) Appoint, and when deemed necessary for the good of the city, suspend or remove city employees or appointive administrative officers provided for by this charter, except as otherwise provided by law, this charter, or personnel rules adopted pursuant to this charter. The manager may authorize any administrative officer who is subject to the manager’s direction and supervision to exercise these powers with respect to subordinates in that officer’s department, office, or agency.
      (b) Direct and supervise the administration of all departments, offices and agencies of the city, except as otherwise provided by this charter or by law.
      (c) Attend council meetings unless excused by council, and then he should have a designated replacement.
      (d) Ensure that all laws, provisions of this charter and acts of the council, subject to enforcement by the manager or by officers subject to the manager’s direction and supervision, are faithfully executed.
      (e) Prepare and submit the annual budget, budget message, and capital program to the council in a form provided by ordinance.
      (f) Submit to the council and make available to the public a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the city as of the end of each fiscal year.
      (g) Make such other reports as the council may require concerning the operations of city departments, offices and agencies, subject to the manager’s direction and supervision.
      (h) Keep the council fully advised as to the financial condition and future needs of the city and make such recommendations to the council concerning the affairs of the city as deemed desirable.
      (i) Execute contracts on behalf of the city pursuant to the provisions of appropriation ordinances or resolutions.
      (j) Perform such other duties as are specified in this charter or may be required by the council.

      There is nothing in the Charter demanding the City Manager be the face of the City. There is no evidence that the City Council ever delegated that authority or responsibility to City Manager Morrell or any other City Manager.

      Your claim that “[t]his solely resides on the city manager.’ is without basis in fact.

      On the other hand, the Mayor’s position as defined in the Charter is:

      Section 3.04 MAYOR AND DEPUTY MAYOR.
      The mayor shall preside at meetings of the council, shall be recognized as head of city government for all ceremonial purposes, and by the governor for purposes of military law. The mayor shall be the person upon whom service of process can be made. The mayor shall sign contracts, deeds, and other documents, and shall be the city official designated to represent the city in all agreements with other governmental entities or certifications to other governmental entities, but shall have no administrative duties except as required to carry out the responsibilities herein. Annually, the mayor shall deliver a state-of-the-city message. At the first council meeting following the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November or following any city run-off election, whichever is later, the council shall elect one (1) of its members as deputy mayor. The deputy mayor shall act as mayor during the absence or disability of the mayor. In case of the death, resignation, or removal of the mayor, the deputy mayor shall serve as mayor until the vacancy of the mayor’s office is filled in accordance with subsection 3.062, “Filling of vacancies.”

      While there is no direct call for the Mayor to be the voice of the City, he is the defacto public face of the City as designated by the Charter.

      It is he who signs proclamations and resolutions – not the City Manager. It is he who leads the Council – not the City Manager. It is he who is responsible for the State of the City address in which the condition of the City is addressed and given. It is not the City Manager.

      If want to come here and tell others to “get their heads out of” their butts, you’d better come with facts and not fantasy.

      We know we are on solid ground while some and the Mayor are trying to build a house of cards on sand.

      Thanks again.

      A. Afterwit.

      • Steve Wilson says:

        I am so glad you brought the exact verbiage and furthermore prove the point.

        Section 4.01 CITY MANAGER.
        There shall be a city manager who shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the city. The manager shall be responsible to the council for the administration of all city affairs placed in the manager’s charge by or under this charter.

        There it is, in black and white. The manager is the CEO and CAO for the city. Everything goes through the manager as the manager manages the city and its affairs. I believe when you listen to Mr. Capote’s moments on when he asks the manager to update him on what the city is doing (COVID-19) this clearly identifies this.

        You don’t think its funny that all of a sudden there are now updates, Facebooks posts etc.. where was all of this before he wrote the letter? I think this is definitely in the manager’s prevue.

        Section 3.04 MAYOR AND DEPUTY MAYOR.
        The mayor shall preside at meetings of the council, shall be recognized as head of city government for all ceremonial purposes, and by the governor for purposes of military law.

        First paragraph, “head of city government for all ceremonial purposes…” is this pandemic a ceremony? I would think not. Saying he is the head would imply that based on your statement.

        Like I said before if you want that hope of mayor just based off of the mayoral title, there are cities with the strong mayor type of government that have that in place (Orlando/Miami.. just to name a few) Palm Bay isn’t that form of government as clearly outlined in the charter under –

        Section 3.01 Form of Government.
        The form of government provided by this charter shall be known as the “council-manager government”.

        There is a lot of confusion on why the mayor can’t do X or why doesn’t he do Y. Section 3.01 and 3.02 outline that.

        Who made the mayor the “defect face of the city” you AAfterwit?

        In section 3.04 in which you provided, guess what? it doesn’t state that.

        I do like the try there and play on words

        “It is he who leads the Council – not the City Manager”
        (show me where it says this?)

        Refer to Section 4.01 CITY MANAGER.

        I’ll help you out (last sentence)

        “The manager shall be responsible to the council for the administration of all city affairs placed in the manager’s charge by or under this charter”

        As a mater of fact the word “leader” never appears in the charter anywhere but “manager’s charge” does. Hmmm

        It is he who is responsible for the State of the City address in which the condition of the City is addressed and given. It is not the City Manager.

        (last I checked I do believe he delivers this every year

        We can go on and on but I won’t because on one hand it’s black and white but on the other I guess there should be leniency.

        If all of this clearly stated in the charter isn’t fact, I guess its left up to your interpretation but I my friend am just stating fact.

        We may want something but we are big boys and girls here, we don’t always get it. While I am sure the city manager does a great job, I think there was some lapse in judgement on her part.

        You wanted facts, there it is.

        • AAfterwit says:

          Steve Wilson,

          Thank you for the comment.

          Section 4.01 CITY MANAGER.
          There shall be a city manager who shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the city. The manager shall be responsible to the council for the administration of all city affairs placed in the manager’s charge by or under this charter.

          As you said, there it is in black and white. There is no language in the Charter that places information in an pandemic under the City Manager’s charge. The City Council did not place her in charge of information to the public either.

          In short, the City Manager was not responsible for the very thing the Mayor charged her with.

          You don’t think its funny that all of a sudden there are now updates, Facebooks posts etc.. where was all of this before he wrote the letter?

          No, I don’t. If the City Manager took that on as a choice, that’s fine. Nature abhors a vacuum and if the Mayor wasn’t going to get the information out there, Morrell should be commended for filling that void. Instead, the REMF wants her fired.

          I believe when you listen to Mr. Capote’s moments on when he asks the manager to update him on what the city is doing (COVID-19) this clearly identifies this.

          So when the REMF tries to put the responsibility of informing the public on Morrell, that makes it part of her job under the Charter? That makes no sense at all.

          If you are going to go by what the Mayor says being gospel, let’s rewind a bit to February, 2019 when during the discussion of whether to send the trash contract out to bid or negotiate with Waste Management, Capote said referring to the people in City Hall:

          And when you are going to go after my family, I am going to come after you. Because the reality of the matter is that you are talking about my staff. (emphasis ours)

          As they say, let’s go to the video tape, shall we?

          30.03 AUTHORITY, RESPONSIBILITY, POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE MANAGER.
          The City Manager shall be the chief executive officer and head of the administrative branch of the city. He may head one (1) or more departments and shall be responsible to the Council for the proper administration of all affairs of the city. The City Manager shall:
          (A) Appoint, and when he deems it necessary for the good of the city, suspend or remove all city employees and appointive administrative officers provided for by or under this ordinance, except as otherwise provided by law. He may authorize any administrative officer who is subject to his direction and supervision to exercise these powers with respect to subordinates in that officer’s department, office or agency. He shall inform the Council of any contemplated removal of an administrative officer, department head or above, three (3) days prior to taking final action.
          (B) Direct and supervise the administration of all departments, offices and agencies of the city, except as otherwise provided by this code or any other ordinance of the city.

          Section 3.05 PROHIBITIONS.
          3.051 Appointment and removals. No member of the council shall, in any manner, dictate the appointment or removal of any city administrative officer or employee whom the city manager or any of his subordinates are empowered to appoint. However, the council may express its view and fully and freely discuss, with the manager, anything pertaining to appointment and removal of such officer or employee.

          In short, it is not the Mayor’s staff. Not one person in City Hall is answerable to the Mayor and the Mayor alone. Maybe the Mayor never read the Charter. Maybe the Mayor doesn’t understand his own position. (He sure as heck doesn’t understand Council Policies and Procedures.) The Mayor lied in his statement. That’s the problem as far as he is concerned and a problem for those defending him.

          First paragraph, “head of city government for all ceremonial purposes…” is this pandemic a ceremony?

          Never said it was. But as we stated, the Mayor is the defacto face of the City. It is a position he has embraced. He has made pronouncements and informational posts and statements before. His silence is on this issue is damning.

          “It is he who leads the Council – not the City Manager”
          (show me where it says this?)

          The Charter, that’s where. In fact, you quoted the section:

          Section 3.04 MAYOR AND DEPUTY MAYOR.
          The mayor shall preside at meetings of the council, shall be recognized as head of city government for all ceremonial purposes, and by the governor for purposes of military law.

          (last I checked I do believe he delivers this every year

          Never said otherwise. Yet because of that address, it furthers the case that it is the Mayor and not the City Manager that is responsible for communicating to the people the state of the City.

          I’ll help you out (last sentence)

          “The manager shall be responsible to the council for the administration of all city affairs placed in the manager’s charge by or under this charter”

          And your point? Show us where the “administration of all City affairs” includes making Facebook posts or statements? If that is under the charge of the City Manager, it should be easy to find. We’ll wait while you look.

          We can go on and on but I won’t because on one hand it’s black and white but on the other I guess there should be leniency.

          It is there in black and white. We agree on that. As for “leniency,” this is another failure of the Mayor in a long line of failure. Our patience and leniency for him has ended.

          That is to whom you want “leniency” granted, right?

          You wanted facts, there it is.

          We agree there are the facts and none of them support your position.

          Thanks again for the comment.

          A. Afterwit.

          • Steve Wilson says:

            Thank you for your response

            It is imperative to always do your research because this misinformation and open to interpret ion is why many are misinformed.

            Section 4.01 CITY MANAGER.
            There shall be a city manager who shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the city. The manager shall be responsible to the council for the administration of all city affairs placed in the manager’s charge by or under this charter.

            Afterwit the language is clearly there in the charter as the city manager has a Public Information Office under her rule to put information out there to the public. I believe the mayor said her name was Kellly or Kely last I checked this PIO is a position under the city manager not under the mayor nor can he or any council member instruct her to put information of what is going on in the city out there as this under the direction of the city manager.

            your quote
            “Morrell should be commended for filling that void. Instead, the REMF wants her fired”

            commended for what finally understanding what it means to put information out there. Actually doing her job.

            You should find it funny as those actions was very swift.

            I dd some research on Morrell and she was the IT Director at some point right. I think she has a clue about information and making sure it flows to the appropriate places.

            your quote

            “In short, it is not the Mayor’s staff. Not one person in City Hall is answerable to the Mayor and the Mayor alone.”

            Did you read the mayor’s letter? You have it on this site so I believe you did. What part of that third paragraph says the mayor is talking about self. I believe it address the lack of updates to the council (council as a whole – as outlined in the charter) and the public concerning COVID-19 required that by the city. (nice try though)

            So since when does “The mayor shall preside at meetings of the council” make him the leader all of them. Presiding over a meeting is not the same as over them as a body. If that is your interpretation well there is much to be desired there.

            Concerning the State of the City

            your quote
            “Never said otherwise.” (yes you did read where you stated that its the mayor not the manager etc…)

            “Yet because of that address, it furthers the case that it is the Mayor and not the City Manager that is responsible for communicating to the people the state of the City” it clearly states that the mayor”

            That is there in black and white under section 3.04

            “Annually, the mayor shall deliver a state-of-the-city message”
            If you want to play tit for tat where does it states the mayor shall update the public all crisis affecting the city and its constituents”

            your quote

            “And your point? Show us where the “administration of all City affairs” includes making Facebook posts or statements? If that is under the charge of the City Manager, it should be easy to find”

            The city manager directs and has a department for this. Do your research..

            Like I said this in her prevue.

            If you want to be specific and granular the charter also says the city manager should be a “he” last I checked Morrell is a “she”

            ….again this is your interpretation all I am doing is staring fact. Maybe the charter should be amended. What do you think, especially since we have sites like this and social media?

            your quote

            It is there in black and white. We agree on that. As for “leniency,” this is another failure of the Mayor in a long line of failure. Our patience and leniency for him has ended.

            That is to whom you want “leniency” granted, right?”

            Last I checked the mayor and all of the council members are voted in right? You my friend, have no say in picking your city manager for this city and entrust the majority of the 5 to make that decision.

            No it is “you” my friend that want “lenient for the manager’s failure to act. All of this is fact.

            your comment

            “We agree there are the facts and none of them support your position”

            All of the positions have been supported, its your interpretation of them you don’t support. Fact remain is fact is fact.

            I get it, you don’t like the mayor and you are entitled to that.

            The mayor is not Jane Castor or Buddy Dyer

            The city answers to the city manager

            The city council enact ordinances, adopt resolutions, adopt budgets, determine policies, and appoint a city manager.

            It is up to that appointment to manage our city. It doesn’t matter if your name is Gregg Lynk or Lisa Morrell, manage our city and manage it well.

            “The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.”
            –Sir Winston Churchill

            Thank you for your time

            Steve

            • AAfterwit says:

              Steve Wilson,

              Thank you for your comment.

              It is imperative to always do your research because this misinformation and open to interpret ion is why many are misinformed.

              Agreed. That is why this conversation has been so frustrating on our end.

              commended for what finally understanding what it means to put information out there. Actually doing her job.

              No, for filling the void of leadership left by the Mayor.

              What part of that third paragraph says the mayor is talking about self.

              You missed the point and we both know you did so deliberately.

              I believe it address the lack of updates to the council (council as a whole – as outlined in the charter) and the public concerning COVID-19 required that by the city.

              Other Council members have come out saying they were informed. So if there is a dispute, shouldn’t the Mayor have gone to Morrell and ask for better communication directed toward him rather than calling for her resignation? A prudent leader would do that, but Capote is anything but prudent and anything but a leader.

              “Never said otherwise.” (yes you did read where you stated that its the mayor not the manager etc…)

              Really? We said that the Mayor had not provided the State of the City address?

              All of the positions have been supported, its your interpretation of them you don’t support. Fact remain is fact is fact.

              We are simply going to have to agree to disagree on that.

              The city answers to the city manager

              And the City Manager answers to the City Council.

              “The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.”
              –Sir Winston Churchill

              Funny….we can’t remember the last time the Mayor was right.

              Thanks again.

              A. Afterwit.

              • Steve Wilson says:

                It is imperative to always do your research because this misinformation and open to interpret ion is why many are misinformed.
                Agreed. That is why this conversation has been so frustrating on our end.
                -You’re frustration has no bearing on whether you do your research or provide accurate information and for that there is frustration on my end as well.

                commended for what finally understanding what it means to put information out there. Actually doing her job.
                No, for filling the void of leadership left by the Mayor.
                – we have been out of leadership for so long under the Lynk regime you forgot what it feels like. If you are looking for the type of leadership you strategically try to have your readers buy into, Orlando, Miami and Tampa are accepting new residents, the mayor does not have the leadership powers you are seeking.

                What part of that third paragraph says the mayor is talking about self.
                You missed the point and we both know you did so deliberately.
                – Wow read the whole letter to find the point. Watch the video talking about everyone and anyone strolling in to the city from the confines of his comfy chair before, showing the Ms. Sherman out the window and asking her what does she and what the city is doing about it all before he writes the letter.

                believe it address the lack of updates to the council (council as a whole – as outlined in the charter) and the public concerning COVID-19 required that by the city.
                Other Council members have come out saying they were informed. So if there is a dispute, shouldn’t the Mayor have gone to Morrell and ask for better communication directed toward him rather than calling for her resignation? A prudent leader would do that, but Capote is anything but prudent and anything but a leader.

                – Now this is political and you know it. I believe he says this in the video. Beautiful thing when you can review a video and all that was said. …something about the handling of Dorian and no sense of urgency. Read my response to Karen, I sensed frustration you sensed cowardice. (Perception is very important)

                Never said otherwise.” (yes you did read where you stated that its the mayor not the manager etc…)
                Really? We said that the Mayor had not provided the State of the City address?
                – Nice word play here. I ever said you said the mayor had not provided the State of the City address.
                If I have to actually find your quote for you so be it:
                “It is he who is responsible for the State of the City address in which the condition of the City is addressed and given. It is not the City Manager.”
                – the city manger never provides this nor never has as I outlined in the charter, way to twist my words (again maybe done on purpose but I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt)

                The city answers to the city manager
                And the City Manager answers to the City Council.
                – I guess it takes a resignation to answer in response to the city council. Funny again how one man has so much power in a manager-council form of government.

                “The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.”
                –Sir Winston Churchill
                Funny….we can’t remember the last time the Mayor was right.

                – Very Funny the fact “we can’t remember the last time the Mayor was right” is forth-telling. I guess this means “you” are always right and never wrong. You are showing your cards here.

                Thank you

                Steve

    • Karen says:

      Steve Wilson,

      I appreciate you ‘encouraging’ people to become better informed. In this instance, language in the city charter has no bearing on my opinion. I’m responding to what Capote recently said to the public and how that message came across to me.

      He didn’t share about worthwhile efforts to communicate, cooperate, or bridge gaps. Sounds like he laid back and then reacted out of fear, by whipping up a letter from the safety of his office, to apply the type of pressure he openly pats himself for.

      I feel strongly, in part due to the very matter you mentioned: Capote’s initial vouching for Lisa Morrell. I was at that city council meeting, Dec 2018, when he voiced loudly his “total confidence” in her ability to do the job. In fact, he said that “her level of competence doesn’t just come around, you either have it or you don’t”.

      He contradicts himself now but, then, he was unwavering and assertive, particularly when responding to councilmember Jeff Bailey who was, on behalf of the citizens, inquiring as to adequacy, pace, and (holiday) timing of the process through which they were making a major decision. As one who re-read the agenda item in bewilderment that night, I appreciated the plea for caution. For all the good it did. 😉

      To be clear, I’m not saying anything one way or the other about Lisa Morrell on the job. I am saying that, for Capote to have gone out on a limb some 15 months ago, about her performance and more, I don’t buy his excuses for lackluster now, in a public health crisis. At the very least, he could have rolled up his sleeves and found a way to help move things along without dividing our community and its leaders any further.

      What’s worse, this distraction prevents him from accuracy and doing what he claims to be doing – for the people. He doesn’t seem to demonstrate a solid understanding of the rapidly evolving circumstances in the world around him. The Governor of Florida has not ever “shut down any travel” from NY, NJ, or CT as Capote stated that he has; he’s ordered a mandatory quarantine upon arrival into our state. Capote appears to be out of touch with current recommendations by our nation’s top health officials regarding masks and use of other personal protective equipment in a serious shortage. What a way to reassure the city!

      Last but not least, I’d like to thank those who provide this unique space. I value communication and I’ve learned a lot by reading here. I hope to continue. I am remiss for failing to say this in my previous post.

      Karen

      • Steve Wilson says:

        Karen,

        I do value your opinion and as such you are entitled to it.

        The reason I point out the specifics in the charter is that it appears that people are not educating themselves on what exactly the mayor can do. While I know this has no bearing on your opinion, it “is”important to the frustrations many feel and felt especially when watching the video.

        Here is what I saw. I saw a frustrated man who acted in a way he felt he could. Not everything the mayor says/does is gospel but when I read the letter and then the explanation in the video (whether true or not) I felt frustration.

        On one side if the mayor rolls up his sleeves and found a way to move things along acting like the mayor everyone “thinks” he is supposed to be, the political fallout (especially from the other council members) would be that the mayor is acting as a strong mayor and the charter does not allow him to do that.

        Some will say, do it anyway (and if he did) he would be chastised as someone who does his own thing and has no respect for the rules.

        On the other side, he did what he felt he could do. I put myself in that position and when I think about it, there is more political suicide in firing a manager of the city during a pandemic than there is in political gain.

        What does Mr. Capote gain from this?

        Again, I sense frustration. The bottom line for you and I is that information is flowing as it wasn’t before. We expect more from city leadership.

        You can go to the city’s website right now and Ms. Morrell has a video out the re front and center addressing COVID-19.

        Mr. Capote stated there was frustration during Hurricane Dorian and how information was being dispersed then. Dorian to now has been a short while in the context of everything but I am sure the manager was told or updated on what the council felt on how that was handled. There have been budgetary moves to even address and prepare for those types of disasters.

        Do I think the city manager should and will get fired? Absolutely not. The 5 of them or should I say 4 of them made their bed in hiring an inexperienced manager and now they are living with it.

        Fact is Palm Bay has not learned from prior mistakes. Just look at Gregg Link and the whole fiasco with people he appointed etc..

        Now do I think the timing is off? Absolutely
        Should this be the blame of 1 person (Mr. Capote)absolutely not.

        …and that’s my point here. Someone acted (the mayor) there was a reaction (Ms. Morrell) and some of these same council members, even the one who opposed the hire in the first place criticize someone for speaking up in getting us the citizens information during this pandemic. I believe words like “no sense of urgency” asking questions “what are we doing” and will we hold a press conference” has a lot to do with the frustration.

        Now vouching for the manager so quickly with little experience “that” is on him. Mr. Capote, as one of the four to make it a majority to make her the city manager. In the end he is responsible for his vote. I’m sure he feels very sorry now for voting that way but that is besides the point. The city must survive under it’s current leadership.

        The only thing I think he (Mr.Capote) gets caught up in is his arrogance at times. This can be considered a strength or a weakness depending on how you look at him. Like I said in my last post it doesn’t matter who the city manager is, they still have to execute their duties. It’s easy see progress made when our prior manager didn’t do much and accept that that is the way things are supposed to be. With progress being made (and I commend her) you clearly see the difference between the managers. The city manager has an office to get and give information to the public. It is “not” the mayor’s duty even though many would like it to be. It falls under her jurisdiction and I as a citizen feel like I was not being informed. That is the bottom line whether you like him/hate him, voted for him or not.

        The whole thing is a distraction during these tough times but when I see people misinformed, reading blogs and conjuring up information and twisting them, I feel it’s my duty to inform myself and others.

        Everyone is entitled to their opinions and that’s one of the things that makes us great.I respect your and how you have perceived the climate in all that has transpired.

        I’ve served this country proudly and I will always seek the truth and inform myself and not take the misinterpretation of words as fact.

        A fact is exactly that and I hope I have enlightened everyone that chooses to read my comments.

        Steve

  4. Carla says:

    I listened to the mayor’s interview last night. It’s unfortunate that he would use that platform to disparage the City Manager instead of using it to communicate helpful information to the public.

    Another criticism I have of the Mayor’s interview is that he indicated he could not put items on the agenda, saying it had to be the City Manager who does this. I don’t believe that is true. I have seen where individual Councilmen have put items on the agenda. One example is when Councilman Santiago put the creation of the Citizen’s Advisory Budget Board on the agenda. So I think the Mayor is wrong in acting like his hands are tied from taking action in this current situation.

    • AAfterwit says:

      Carla,

      Thank you for the comment.

      You are correct.

      According to the Council Policy and procedures, any member of the Council may submit an item for the agenda:

      7.4.3 PLACING AN ITEM ON THE AGENDA (COUNCILMEMBER)
      A. Any councilmember may request that a proposed ordinance be placed on a future agenda during a regular Council meeting. The ordinance will be scheduled on the future agenda as requested, and the councilmember’s name shall be placed at the end of the item.
      B. If the proposed ordinance is not placed on a regular Council meeting within (time frame as determined by Council), the councilmember shall present the request to Council as outlined in 7.4.3(A) above.

      Council members can also place non-ordinance items on the agenda. The only “requirement” is that for the purpose of distributing the agenda, they are submitted to the office of the City Manager who puts the agenda together, but does not control its content.

      We once spent some time reading the Policies and Procedures of the City Council and were amazed at how many mandated requirements the Mayor did not follow.

      Thanks again.

      A. Afterwit.

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