Friday, May 24

Riviera Beach to discuss firing city manager and city attorney, revoting on city chair position

An emergency meeting in Riviera Beach took place Friday to discuss staffing and newly appointed positions just days after Tuesday’s election.

Riviera Beach Council Member Tradrick McCoy called the meeting to first discuss a procurement request for proposal.

McCoy said there were violations of the Sunshine Law when it came to solicitations for employee group insurance plans.

“Mr. McCoy, you are always saying how you get information at the last minute, that you don’t have time to look at it, and it’s just kind of disingenuous of you to call a meeting for this and give us two hours notice to be able to go through hundreds of pages of documents and to be able to intelligently make a decision about it,” councilwoman Shirley Lanier said.

Lanier said it’s not in the best interest of the city for her to comment on such short notice.

Chair pro-tem KaShamba Miller-Anderson agreed and added that some links to documents were broken and she couldn’t access the information.

“I understand your concerns in not having the information and unreadiness and I would certainly encourage that, and I will own that. However, I don’t accept the fact that you would call it disingenuous. Disingenuous represents deceit or something like that,” McCoy said. “I was outraged, No. 1, to even see that this happened because no one seemed to even give me the … didn’t even warrant a response. I’ve been literally asking about this issue for a month, and it wasn’t until a proposer actually filed a bid protest that we found ourselves in this situation.”

Two other discussion points presented by McCoy were possibly firing city manager Jonathan Evans and city attorney Dawn Wynn.

McCoy said the reason for adding this discussion is due to issues concerning procurements.

“I am losing confidence in his ability to manage so many different departments and oversee so many different things,” McCoy said.

He also stated he couldn’t find a record of annual evaluations by city council members for Evans through the clerk’s office or human resources.

“HR is in possession of my employment evaluation, as when the information was requested,” Evans said. “They didn’t have possession of it at that particular moment, but they’ve always had and maintained possessions of my employment evaluations.”

The last-minute meeting also drew a lot of pushback from residents who sat in the meeting for hours.

“We are going to be watching and there was a council that fired him once before, and we got rid of those people, and we can do it again. And that’s a promise,” Singer Island resident Jamie Dickson.

Meanwhile, a second emergency meeting was called by Councilman Doug Lawson to “reconsider” or vote to remove newly appointed chairperson Dr. Glen Spiritis as the city chairman.

“While he’s a well-accomplished previous city manager and has been involved in New York politics for over 30 years. I wanted to offer the grace required to familiarize yourself with the responsibility of being a council member in Riviera Beach,” Lawson said.

Lawson said Spiritis doesn’t have enough experience, and he felt the vote to appoint him was rushed.

The move also got pushback from residents who said he was voted in, and that it isn’t fair for city council to change their minds after the fact.

Some residents also speculated that race is the issue as Spiritus is the only white person on the city council.

“I don’t quite understand that when we brought Spiritis in and we all voted responsibly, how can you say that he’s not capable to run the job,” resident Derrick Burns said. “We just need to do things according to how the books say it needs to be done.”

None of the discussions were voted on Friday as planned and pushed to the next city council meeting.

Read More

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *