After Commissioner Jeremy Matlow released his evaluation of City Manager Reese Goad via Twitter, the Tallahassee City Commission passed a ceremonial vote of confidence for Goad at their October 28th workshop on ethics.
Mayor John Dailey, who labeled the issue the “elephant in the room”, called for the vote. Dailey expressed support for Goad and said the vote was necessary to send a message of unified support for Goad to Tallahassee’s citizens and employees.
Commissioner Curtis Richardson made the motion for the ceremonial vote.
“I have full faith and confidence in our City Manager, as was reflected in my evaluation of him, not only this year, but in the previous years that I had an opportunity to evaluate him,” Richardson said. “And I think that it is necessary that we make a strong statement to this community that there will be stability in the leadership here at the City of Tallahassee.”
Commissioner Elaine Bryant said she is “in 100% support” of Goad and that he exhibits “exemplary leadership.”
“I just want to say in very simple terms that I support Mr. Goad,” Bryant said. “I’m looking forward to another year or years ahead to support him.”
Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox said Goad has done a “tremendous job” and that she stands by her evaluation.
“I can only evaluate what I have experience with, and my evaluation of 4.3, which is an ‘exceeds expectation,’ of Mr. Goad, I stand by that,” Williams-Cox said.
Finally, Commissioner Jeremy Matlow commented on his evaluation of Goad.
“I’m not going to mince my words,” Matlow said. “I think the City Manager should resign, and if he refuses to do so, I think this Commission should relieve him of his duty.”
“The fact is, he’s part of an old guard. It’s time for us to move in a new direction,” Matlow continued. “It’s time for us to clean house, wash our hands, and finally rid ourselves of the corrupt past of this City and put our City on course for where we need to go, and we can do that together. But we can’t do that by hiding and covering up what’s happened here in the past.”
The ceremonial vote passed 4-1 with Matlow dissenting.