The Mayor of Tallahassee, John Marks, is currently in Saudi Arabia on a seven day trip to develop business opportunities and exchange ideas. It has been reported that the trip will be at no expense to American taxpayers.
However, a discussion with the Mayor’s Office indicated that the Mayor was joined by an administrative assistant and that both the Mayor and the assistant will receive their normal pay while on the trip even though the US Conference of Mayors is the reason why the trip is taking place.
A review of Tallahassee’s website, www.talgov.com, has no mention of Mayor John Marks’ trip to Saudi Arabia. This prompted a phone call to the Mayor’s office. The Mayor’s office said that they sent a press release to the Tallahassee Democrat, but did not include it on their website.
A phone call to the City Manager’s Office revealed that the Mayor’s press releases are not routinely put on the main TalGov site due to the quantity of press releases. When asked if this was not a significant event, they were non-committal.
And finally, consider these points:
- During some of the worst economic times in the last 50 years, the Mayor and an administrative assistant find the time to jet off to Saudia Arabia.
- The Mayor, who has pursued green initiatives, is now pursuing economic development in the land of oil. Will this cost us green points?
- And finally, the Mayor of Tallahassee, a city that once boycotted any business with ties to apartheid South Africa, is pursuing economic development in a country where women are not allowed to vote!