At the recent Village Square Town Hall meeting, City Commissioners Nancy Miller and Curtis Richardson responded to Commissioner Gil Ziffer’s recent comment that city hall was “dysfunctional.”
Previously, Ziffer told a group of citizens that “We have become way too dysfunctional and if any of you have been to or watched our commission meetings, you can tell we’re not getting along real well right now.”
Ziffer attributed the dysfunction to an ongoing FBI investigation, a mayor who’s running for governor and attacks on local autonomy by the state legislature.
Ziffer did point out that the city’s front-line employees are doing a good job delivering day-to-day services.
When pressed at the Village Square meeting to elaborate on his dysfunctional assessment, Ziffer did not back down. Ziffer pointed to the recent debate over the commission’s 3-2 decision to continue the search process for a new city attorney rather than appoint the current assistant city attorney to the position.
TR published a story about that process and how Commissioner Miller accused Commissioner Richardson and Mayor Gillum of committing too early to the in-house candidate.
However, at the Village Square meeting both Miller and Richardson disagreed with Ziffer’s assessment.
Commissioner Miller said, “I do not believe the Commission is dysfunctional in any way.” Commissioner Richardson said that “there is no dysfunction that I have observed” and added “we have done an excellent job of providing leadership for this city under the circumstances.”
Commissioners Miller and Richardson also disagreed with Commissioner Ziffer’s assessment that the federal investigation of city hall “hangs over every thing we do.”
Commissioner Miller stated that the FBI does not hang over her and Commissioner Richardson stated that the “FBI investigation does not weigh on me at all.”
Both City Commissioner Miller and Ziffer have opted not to run for re-election. City Commissioner Curtis Richardson’s seat is not up for election, however it has been reported he is considering a run for mayor.
City Commissioner Scott Maddox and Mayor Andrew Gillum did not attend the Village Square Town Hall.