The case was before Judge Casey Rodgers...remember that one.
After the case was filed against the City it was time for the City of Pensacola under Tom Bonfield, Al Coby and Rusty Wells to begin their reindeer games.
First came an attempt by City Manager Tom Bonfield to begin to show the City's action on racial issues. AFTER the suit was filed, AFTER the allegations were sworn to, he needed an action. So Bonfield filed a complaint against a Captain in the PFD for making a derogatory statement about a black officer's promotion. The black officer didn't file it. Bonfield did. Him being such a civil rights leader and all.
The black officer responded that he had handled the situation as this was just a window dressing show for the legal issues the City was in.
Sadly the only person reprimanded officially was the black officer for "failure to place this matter in the proper channel for investigation."
So technically the only person EVER reprimanded for racial issues in the City is one of the courageous firefighters who has done so much to end it. HOW PENSACOLA.
The second slap in the face came when a report was filed against a Captain for harassment and retaliation after the suit was filed. The City hired the rocket scientists at ALLEN NORTON AND BLUE to investigate and make sure it all went away and no adverse findings were noted. As the response says...these are the types of proceedings that has contributed to the current situation.
Everyone suddenly forgot...Time to move on
Then finally when one of the lawsuit's principals objects to the process and procedures surrounding the appointment of the new interim chief... before the appointment of the next intern chief, ALLEN NORTON AND BLUE starts a rant of circular doublespeak about how chiefs are appointed, eligibility for the job, non posted jobs and filling them and the that's how we have always done it mentality that will make you sick to your stomach.
Allen Norton & Blue Have An Answer for Everything...As Usual
You would think Al Coby would be sympathetic to the plight of the firemen, that he would go to HELEN back to solve the issues. He did not. CHALK that one up to experience.
Don't forget that the manner detailed in the report is exactly how things are done in Pensacola.
- Al Coby was Interim City Manager until over time he just became the City Manager.
- Rusty Wells became City Attorney when a selection process was halted and he was declared City Attorney at 10pm on a Thursday night.
All this brings us to the end of 2010 and the beginning of the Hayward era. True to Hayward form he promised so much and did so little.
The job of Fire Chief has not even been posted since the Mayor took office...not even posted. On Monday, I will share the how and why.