While recently appointed City Commissioner Dr. Elaine Bryant was relatively unknown to many observers of local government, new information obtained by Tallahassee Reports indicates she was a frequent visitor to city hall.
Public records indicate that Dr. Elaine Bryant had significant financial ties with the City of Tallahassee that began in 2002. These ties were not revealed during the process which ended with the her selection to fill a vacancy on the city commission on December 31st, 2018.
Also, the records show the only consulting contract the City of Tallahassee had on file for Dr. Bryant was approved by the City Commission in October, 2002. The contract indicates a maximum five-year term.
However, City staff told TR the contract was never renewed. Despite the non-renewal, EW Bryant Associates continued to consult with the City of Tallahassee.
Records indicate that approximately 120 invoices were submitted by EW Bryant Associates and paid by the City of Tallahassee from 2004 to 2018. The amounts of the invoices ranged from $175 to $22,500.
Records show Bryant was paid as much as $1,800 per day to provide “Leadership Training/Seminars” for city employees.
Also, at times, Bryant was paid $900 for half-day sessions.
For example, in 2017 documents show Dr. Bryant provided three seminars entitled “8 Habits of Highly Effective People” for $900 each. Each session was scheduled for 3.5 hours. Each seminar was limited to 30 people. Attendance records show as few as 13 people attended some seminars.
The training seminars addressed various topics which included “Building Trust”, “Communications”, “Balancing Priorities”, “How to Solve Problems”, and “Emotional Intelligence.”
The seminars were provided to various city departments, however it appears most of the billing over the last eight years was approved by Angela Hendrieth with the city’s Equity & Workforce Development department.
Ms. Hendrieth is currently listed as the Manager of Talent Development with the City of Tallahassee.
More recently, in July 2018, EW Bryant Associates was paid $2,500 for consulting services by the Office of Economic Opportunity which is a City-County office financed by Blueprint tax dollars.