I want to make government more like a business; a problem solver, not a problem creator. My focus while in office will be restoring freedom, combating runaway taxes, eliminating uncontrolled government spending, and reducing inefficient, excessive regulation. My 'agenda' is to restore liberty, not restrict it, to shrink government, not expand it and observe the limited, enumerated powers of our Constitution, not ignore them.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Response to Threats Against Cooper City Staff and Commission
threats against Cooper City staff and commission members
Whom It May Concern,
recent review of the Cooper City attorney’s invoices and fees (they are outrageously
substantial and are roaring completely out of control, with the city attorney
given a recent hefty pay raise) I encountered an invoice from the city attorney
substantially charging the city and taxpayers for review of an ‘anonymous
letter’ threatening and alleging some sort of attack against the city and
one or more city official(s), which was apparently in the possession of
the Mayor and was being reviewed by the city attorney at her request. The city
attorney never responded to the Mayor but was paid very handsomely.
the times we all live in, I was initially shocked that this alleged written threat
had never been brought to the staff or the commission’s full attention. Furthermore,
as I thought of the possible implications of such a serious threat, the
more concerned I became. Several questions began to arise in my opinion that
I found almost incomprehensible, yet realistic and somewhat frightening.
was this potential and serious alleged threat to the city, city official(s) and
presumably city employee(s), not brought to the immediate attention of the city
manager, chief law enforcement officer and the rest of the members of the city commission?
Why was there no investigation of such a potential damaging letter and its
inherent imminent threat? Why was there no initial warning of a possible threat
to all persons who might be the target of such a threat? I thought immediately
of many of our city employees are working outdoors who are most susceptible to possible
dangers from person or persons who might seek to harm them.
have now asked the city manager to investigate this letter, if it actually exists,
and to report to the city commission on what occurred and allow the
commissioners to ask questions of why no awareness was made regarding this
threat. This request was made weeks ago and no response has been provided as of
today. This is a serious breach of duty in my opinion.
of all, I am appalled that Mayor Debby Eisinger showed so little concern for
those of the city staff and her fellow commissioners that she did not take
immediate action to protect them against a potential and serious threat. While
in retrospect it may now turn out to have been merely a false or meaningless
threat or childish attempts to scare someone, I can’t comprehend that the Mayor
would simply dismiss any alleged threat based upon her selfish and personal interpretation
of the alleged letter. The comments by the city attorney did not indicate that
he recommended any action, nor did he advise anyone else of the threat. In
fact, his response to me was that he never even responded to the Mayor’s
concerns which I find incomprehensible. This of course follows the City Attorney’s
long and contentious track record of not responding to commissioner’s
questions, requests and demands which is a very serious issue in his line of
clearly relieved that this threatening letter has not yet result in any harm or
damage to anyone…yet. That notwithstanding, I am quite disturbed that Mayor
Debby Eisinger, and for that matter the City Manager and City Attorney, lack
the responsibility if not the ‘common sense’ to take the minimal steps
of advising the law enforcement officials as well as the city staff and
commission members to ensure the safety of all of the potential persons placed
at risk by this perceived threat.
only hope that my fellow commissioners will join with me and immediately demand
that an action plan for any such further occurrences of this nature be
developed and be available for implementation should this ever happen again. I
also hope that my fellow commissioners will join with me in severely
reprimanding the Mayor and City Attorney for this type of blatant
irresponsibility and unconscionable behavior.
safety of all persons within our city, especially those who proudly and
diligently serve our city need to know that their safety and welfare are
foremost in our minds, hearts, and actions whenever a threat, no matter how
insignificant it might turn out to be, will be treated with the upmost of
urgency and seriousness, more so with the current turmoil in the world in
addition to the political hatred that most of America has for incompetence,
irresponsibility and lack of action to resolve problems in government at all