Evaluating The Evaluators

   Clint Johnson was elected Mayor of DeBary in 2014.  Mr. Johnson was sworn in as mayor at the first 2015 Council meeting on January 7, 2015.  Mr. Mike Brady was elected in 2014, and he was sworn in as a Councilman on January 7, 2015.  Ms. Lita Handy-Peters was re-elected in 2014, and was sworn in again as a formality on Januaty 7, 2015.  Mr. Chris Carson and Mr. Rick Dwyer are both halfway through their terms and both were present at the January 7, 2015 meeting. 

   I attended the 1/7/2015 meeting so I could observe how the council worked with two new members.  At this meeting, Mr. Johnson made a motion to increase the yearly salary of City Manager Dan Parrott.

   As a DeBary resident, and as a former DeBary City Councilman, I would like for Mayor Johnson to have handled the situation differently.  The following is what I would have liked to have heard from Mr. Johnson.  { ‘ Since I have just assumed the office of mayor, I have noticed that former Council and the city manager have failed to follow certain established rules and regulations that are needed to establish open, honest, and clean government.  Long established policy in DeBary has been for each council member to complete and submit a written evaluation of the city manager on a yearly basis.  Therefore, I move that this council direct the city manager to place a copy of the established evaluation form into the mailbox of each council member by 3 p.m. on Jan/9/2014.  Additionally, in this motion, each member is required to complete, date, and sign the evaluation in full and return the evaluation to the city manager on or before 3 p.m. on January 21, 2015, date certain.  This will allow the DeBary Public to read and inspect the individual evaluations, which are public record.  At a council meeting in February, 2015, I would seek a motion to discuss the evaluations in public and also listen to any and all input from the Public. I seek a second to this motion. ‘ ]

   Ms. Handy-Peters clearly stated that the previous council had failed in their responsibility to follow this simple established proceedure.  Mr. Dwyer also stated that this council should base decisions relating to the city manager on written evaluations and established proceedures. 

   Based solely on remarks made at the council meeting on January 7, 2015, I would like to evaluate all council members on a scale from A( Excellent) to F ( Failure. ) Mayor Johnson  = grade F;  Councilwoman Handy-Peters = grade B;  Councilman Dwyer = grade B;  Councilman Carson = grade C;  and Councilman Brady = grade C.

                      R. Van Conoley

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