Last night Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey issued a response – through his twitter account – to the recent decision by Anontio Gillum to rescind his acceptance of the police chief job.
I’m disappointed that Antonio Gilliam has decided not to come to Tallahassee as our next police chief. I’m proud of the offer we extended to him, which he accepted on Dec. 4. However, since then Mr. Gilliam has decided to rescind his acceptance. I wish him & his family well.
The City of Tallahassee sent out a press release this afternoon from City Manager Reese Goad stating that Antonio Gilliam rescinded “his acceptance of the employment agreement he signed on December 4, 2019, committing to be Tallahassee’s Police Chief.”
Goad noted that the “news is unexpected, and I am disappointed that he has chosen to step away at this point in the process.”
Shortly after the press release, City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow took to twitter and provided more information.
Antonio Gilliam requested autonomy of hiring/firing his command staff and a six year agreement in which he could only be terminated with cause. After weeks of negotiations he wasn’t able to secure these two.
Reasonable requests considering the tenure of previous Police Chiefs and the politics of coming to a city with one of the highest crime rates in the state.
City Manager says that Gilliam was “frustrated with how long the contract was taking.” Gilliam says that he already put his home on the market and secured a place to live in Tallahassee.
If we aren’t willing to give a Police Chief the same considerations we give a Football Coach, where does that leave us? Completely baffled that this was mishandled and I will do a thorough investigation to find out what happened between the job offer and now.
City Manager Reese Goad ended his statement by stating, “We will take the time necessary to determine next steps in moving forward. In the meantime, Chief Steve Outlaw will continue to lead the department. I have full confidence in the Tallahassee Police Department and their ability to continue meeting the challenges we face as a community and the expectations of our residents. “
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