• What do you see as the appropriate role of staff and the commission in decision making?
City Commission
Seat 1

Jack Porter

The Commissioners set policy, and staff implements policy using their expertise and judgement. Our city manager and assistant managers are not responsive to commission and citizen input. Over two-and-one-half years ago I offered and the commission approved a motion to have staff bring back the Urban Forest Master Plan so we could review and as needed revise it. This has not been done. The manager and mayor have been delinquent in responding to the commission and citizens. Neighborhood have been told “no” by staff on issues it was not their role to make decisions on without commission authority. Upper management (staff) needs to be accountable and transparent in their actions, this is lacking. This is a political problem requiring a political solution. There is a culture of disrespect and defiance by the city manager and the assistant mangers. The community needs to decide to replace commissioners so we have the votes to replace upper management.

Louis Dilbert

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Rudy Ferguson, Sr.

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Seat 2

Dot Inman-Johnson

The city’s organization chart dictates that the citizens are at the top, followed by the elected commission, then the appointed executive management team, followed by the line City staff. Currently the decision-making is backwards with the city manager making the decisions and dictating to the commission, with three commissioners falling in line. The previous city attorney, the first black women in this position, was run out of city hall because of the hostile work environment created by the city manager and his executive team. Text messages how them intimidating and degrading her to developers over the Welaunee development. Three members of the commission only listen to the city manager. As an example, they voted not to defer making a decision on the police station contract in order to provide time for the city attorney and city treasurer/clerk to provide their expert opinions on the matter, instead voting for the huge increase in cost relying solely on the city managers recommendation. The city manager acts with impunity and shows no respect for Jack and Jeremy, knowing the other three commissioner have his back. Another example of this treatment is the city manager only briefing the three commissioners regarding the city losing $1M in a scam while Jack and Jeremy learned about from the newspaper. How is it possible for the city manager to ignore two commissioners and answer to only three? Its clear that the public is now at the bottom of the city’s organizational chart.

Donna Nyak

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Curtis Richardson

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Bernard Stevens, Jr.

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County Commission
Group 1 – At Large

Carolyn Cummings

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David T Hawkins

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District 4

Brian Welch

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Isaac Montilla

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