In the interview with Andrew McKay, City Administrator Eric Olson first attempts to deal with the "coincidence" of the HR Manual being changed just hours after Chief Schmitt requested the appeals process when put on administrative leave.
He states that the change timing was just a coincidence and attempts to detail the process by which the change was made.
During the October November time frame Olson states that the City realized it did not have a personnel board as it promised the State of Florida in 2013 when the City's Civil Service was done away with.
City officials committed to replace the Civil Service Board with an Independent Personnel Board (Personnel Board)
“Like the current Civil Service Board, this board would
The Personnel Board would be composed of three members: one selected by the mayor, one selected by the employees, and one selected by the first two. Each would serve two-year terms. The existing Civil Service Board would assume the role of the new Personnel Board, where the members would finish their current terms and then hold elections according the policies governing the Personnel Board.”
- handle minimum qualification changes,
- hear disciplinary appeals from city employees not otherwise protected by collective bargaining contracts, and
- be provided an attorney.
He states the City needed the Board going forward and had a HR case that had reached that level so nominations were taken and an election scheduled for December 2, 2015.
THE ONLY NOMINEES were Kurt Larson, who would have to resign from the City Planning Board to sit on the Personnel Board and, yep, Maren DeWeese.
In a senior management meeting held during this time frame, Sisson stated to the entire Senior staff that there "was a nominee for the Personnel Board that we all know we can't have that individual be on the board. We can't let that happen".
I don't know what Sisson has against Kurt Larson to make him say that!
Amazingly, the incident immediately requiring the Board was settled and the vote of all City employees to anonymously elect an independent representative to hear their HR cases scheduled for December 2, 2015 was cancelled on December 1, 2015 by Ed Sisson with no explanation.
Subsequent to that, the Personnel Board committed to the State of Florida was completely scrapped and now all power sits with the HR manager and the City administrator.
Olson lied. Otherwise, Mr. Olson, hold the election! Your Boss committed to the State, you have 2 nominees.
Let the City employees vote! They don't want to live under Sisson/Olson tyranny.