In a letter to City Manager Reese Goad, City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow leveled serious charges against Mr. Goad and finished the 2 1/2 page review with:
“I believe that your integrity has been compromised, and I do not believe you are capable of moving our City forward. With this review I am entering a vote of no confidence in your current role as City Manager.”
After the release of the letter, Mr. Goad said, “I’m very pleased with the progress we’ve made in the last year. I look forward to speaking with him about those issues and our plans for the future.”
The full letter can be found here.
Commissioner Matlow was extremely specific about his concerns with language which throws caution to the wind and is sure to ruffle feathers in City Hall. The approach, which is quickly becoming a Matlow trademark, will offend insiders and embolden those seeking change.
Matlow voiced concerns about the process that resulted in the selection of Goad which was ahead of an election that resulted in three new commissioners.
Your appointment as City Manager was made by a motion from indicted former City Commissioner Scott Maddox in the Tallahassee Room, with no public input in a move that was widely viewed as “business as usual” during an extraordinary time.
Matlow criticized Goad for his actions related to a number of issues, including:
- Goads’ investigation of the value of football tickets gifted to employees to sit in Adam Corey’s skybox at FSU football games alongside Rick Fernandez and Scott Maddox.
- Goad’s defense of a nepotism policy that benefits friends and family members, including Goad’s brother-in-law.
- Recent audits that show improper and careless recordkeeping, inconsistent hiring and pay increase practices.
Matlow also addressed Goad’s relationship with a city vendor, Vancore-Jones.
Matlow stated that Goad’s “politicized leadership” was demonstrated by payments over the years to the political consulting firm Vancore-Jones to do city business and the influence political consulting firms exerted during the hiring process.
The City Manager serves at the pleasure of the city commission, which means it takes three votes to terminate employment.