On the Voice of Freedom Today morning show on RealTalk 93.3 this morning, Leon County Commissioner and mayoral candidate John Dailey told show host Greg Marr that he wants to write the next chapter in Tallahassee’s history.
Dailey, noting that at least three seats on the city commission will have have new elected officials after November, said he is running for mayor because he sees an opportunity to start with a clean slate and move Tallahassee forward.
Dailey said he has the experience to take advantage of the opportunity that comes with hiring a new city manager, which is one of the most important positions in Tallahassee government.
Dailey said he was comfortable with the current leadership mayor position as along as it operates efficiently.
“I understand that the mayor’s job is to move the city forward. The mayor is only one vote and must bring consensus,” Dailey said.
Dailey added that if the mayor position was moved back to a rotating process, based on his experience, he believed the position should rotate among elected officials every two years, not one.
He also said he would move the management of the city lobbyists contracts from the mayors office to the city manager. Dailey said no professional contracts should be managed by the mayor’s office in a council form of government.
And finally, Dailey said if was elected mayor he would move the podium in city hall back to its previous position – closer to elected officials – and make sure that citizens have ample opportunity to address elected officials.
Dailey noted how the Leon County Commission handled hundreds of speakers during a recent public hearing over a firearm ordinance without any incidents.
There has been controversy in city hall for years over how citizens are allowed to address the city commission. Recently, the podium was moved as elected officials voiced fear for their safety.