What began as a back and forth between City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow and the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce now includes comments by a state attorney and a Leon County Commissioner.
On Friday Commissioner Bill Proctor, via a press release, asked State Attorney Jack Campbell to retract comments made by Campbell at the recent Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce retreat in Amelia Island.
“Jack Campbell should retract his statement made on Sunday at the Tallahassee Chamber Annual Community Conference against Jeremy Matlow,” wrote Proctor.
Proctor also volunteered to coordinate a meeting with Commissioner Matlow.
Proctor said, “I offer to facilitate a meeting between you and Commissioner Matlow at your earliest convenience. I have no doubt he would welcome answering any concerns you wish to ask him.”
At the retreat, it was reported that Campbell, while addressing conference attendees, said, “We need Jeremy Matlow out of office. I’m tired of him questioning the integrity of the Chamber.”
Campbell also noted that “somehow the good people of our community have fallen under attack by evil men, and it needs to stop now,” he said. It’ is “silly to listen to a pizza maker about criminal justice policy,” Campbell added.
In Campbell’s response to Proctor, Campbell offered context to his Chamber comments. Campbell wrote:
“I wish you and Commissioner Matlow would have heard my full comments. The evil men I was referring to were in fact the criminals that plague our community. I started my comments by referencing the last 34 persons indicted with first degree murder in Leon County and how such violence effects our entire community. I went on to explain that apathy towards our fellow man allows many crimes to be committed and then go unsolved. This is why I felt that “The price of apathy in public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” For too long we have allowed criminals to hurt our constituents and I am so pleased to have your support in addressing this challenge.”
Campbell also accepted Proctor’s invitation to meet with City Commissioner Matlow. Campbell said:
“Please take this response as an unequivocal yes to your invitation. I would love to meet with you, Commissioner Matlow, and each of the other public servants you have included on this email to discuss public safety. I would suggest that we also include Chief Revell, Sheriff McNeil, and other criminal justice leaders so that we can have an inclusive and robust conversation. I will have my assistant start working with both Leon County and City of Tallahassee staff to secure both a location and a date that allows the greatest level of participation possible. Thank you for your leadership in bringing criminal justice support to the forefront and for suggesting this meeting to foster better communication. I will see you soon.“