On December 14th, 2016 the City Commission voted to support an amendment to the Interlocal Agreement between the City, County and the Sheriff regarding the process whereby the Consolidated Dispatch Agency’s (CDA) Director’s employment may be terminated.
Previously, it took the support of all three CDA Board members to hire a Director and one to terminate. The amendment passed by the City of Tallahassee will require the support of all three Board members to terminate the Director.
The path to adoption of the amendment began in 2015.
At the December 3, 2015 meeting of the Consolidated Dispatch Agency (CDA) Board (composed of the City Manager, County Administrator, Vince Long, and Sheriff Wood), Administrator Long brought up the issue of the “Three to Hire, One to Fire” provision.
Long stated that he is in support of bringing an amendment back to the commission and the Sheriff in order to alter the provision so that a majority vote is required to terminate the Director of the CDA. Administrator Long moved to alter this provision.
Sheriff Wood stated that he was in favor of the change.
City Manager Fernandez agreed that a majority is better than one, but due to the importance of the position, that unanimous support was better.
City Manager Fernandez made the friendly amendment to the motion requiring a unanimous vote for termination of the Director of the CDA. City Manager Fernandez
seconded Administrator Long’s motion to bring back to the respective bodies that the hire/fire provision be changed to require unanimous support on the Board. The motion was approved unanimously.