The 2022 evaluations of appointed officials by Tallahassee City Commissioners were recently completed. The appointed officials include City Manager Reese Goad, City Attorney Cassandra Jackson, Treasurer Clerk Jim Cooke, and Inspector General Dennis Sutton.
Appointed officials were notified of their evaluation in a memorandum sent by Mayor John Dailey on November 16, 2022. The memorandum included the ratings by each city commissioner for each appointed official.
City Commissioner Jack Porter did not submit her evaluation by the requested deadline of November 14th, therefore her assessments were not included in the memorandum.
In a statement to TR, Commissioner Porter stated, “Honestly, I just moved my grandmother into a nursing home in Clemson, and I spent most of November out of town taking care of that. If anybody was disadvantaged by my being late, I apologize. I think anybody who reads my evaluation letters will see that I take this seriously.”
The rating scale used for the evaluations is shown below:
4.4 – 5.0 O = Outstanding
3.5 – 4.4 EE = Exceeds Expectations
2.5 – 3.4 ME = Meets Expectations
1.5 – 2.4 NI = Needs Improvement
0 – 1.4 DME = Does Not Meet Expectations
The evaluations – provided below – show that all the appointed officials had a median score of 5.0 – which indicates outstanding performance.
Of note, City Attorney Cassandra Jackson received a score of 5 from all four of the elected officials that submitted evaluations.
Also, City Manager Reese Goad received a 5 from Mayor Dailey and from City Commissioners Dianne Williams-Cox and Curtis Richardson, while City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow rated Goad a 0.
The appointed officials compensation package provides for a 5.0% salary increase for a performance evaluation of at least “meets expectations.”
The evaluation process was initiated on October 5th when Ellen Blair, the city’s Director of Human Resources and Workforce Development, sent information via email to all the elected officials.
Blair noted that the “evaluations should be completed and returned …. by Monday, November 14, close of business. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact me. “
CITY OF TALLAHASSEE EVALUATIONS OF APPOINTED OFFICIALS