Mayor John Dailey commented via Twitter on Friday, September 24th, that “we don’t always live up to the standard we set for ourselves,” and that he had “reached out to apologize to Commissioner Porter.”
His remarks came following the conclusion of the city meeting on Wednesday.
The final moments of the city meetings are for “Sharing of Ideas,” which allows the commissioners to bring fresh ideas for consideration and share news. On Wednesday, Mayor Dailey (3:32:08 in video of meeting) began with Commissioner Porter, who waived her given time.
The next commissioner to speak was Dianne Williams-Cox. She briefly talked about her visit to the Veterans Success Center at Tallahassee Community College. Next, Commissioner Curtis Richardson waived his time, stating, “I have nothing today, Mr. Mayor.”
The next commissioner to speak was Commissioner Jeremy Matlow, who said he had several items to discuss. He first took the time to comment on a public speaker’s remarks from earlier in the meeting. Then, he urged his colleagues to consider his comments for a possible motion to create a citizens committee to deal with ethics proposals.
Following Matlow’s remarks, Mayor Dailey prompted a discussion between the commissioners. Both Porter and Williams-Cox wanted to speak on the matter; Williams-Cox spoke first, questioning how a citizens committee would differ from the current Ethics Board.
Dailey then steered the conversation back to Matlow, stating Porter is in line to speak next, but this is Matlow’s time. Matlow then commented on Williams-Cox’s remarks and a discussion ensued between the two commissioners. Finally, the debate ended with Williams-Cox requesting Mayor Dailey to have the Inspector General remind the Board what he is working on with the Ethics Board.
Dailey asked Commissioner Matlow to finish with any further comments he had as it was still his time to speak. Matlow declined, shaking his head no, so Mayor Dailey proceeded to begin his time.
Dailey asked the Inspector General to update the Commission related Commissioner Williams-Cox’s request. After Mr. Sutton explained his position, Dailey began to wrap up the meeting stating he had nothing further. That is when Matlow interrupted, saying he still had two items he wanted to address.
Mayor Dailey responded, “but we have moved on to my time. That is why I asked if you had anything else.” He then proceeded to have Matlow complete his remarks. After Matlow finished, Mayor Dailey began to conclude the meeting for a second time when Porter interjected, stating she still had an item she wanted to discuss.
Dailey acknowledged her and told her to proceed if it was a quick comment. Porter continued, “I would really appreciate the opportunity to direct my question to Commissioner Matlow, I think in the spirit of sharing ideas, and I did not take my own time…” Mayor Dailey then abruptly concluded the meeting.
On Friday, Matlow tweeted a comment and included a clip of Porter’s and Dailey’s exchange without context. Matlow’s statement read, “I see a need to officially adopt this parliamentary procedure so elected officials are not silenced,” referring to Robert’s Rules of Order.