Monday, July 18, 2011

The Housing Authority

Attorney Tom Connick sent a scathing letter to the Deerfield Beach Commissioners concerning the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority. The following excerpt about the board members describes the hard working volunteers who have given their time to the board and are about to be thrown under the bus by Peggy Noland.


The entire letter is below the excerpt.

The Board of Commissioners of the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority are citizen volunteers who freely give their time and efforts to the community in providing through the DBHA affordable housing to those in need and access to self-sufficiency and community programs. These DBHA Commissioners work without compensation – they give of their time and effort to the community for free. And, for their efforts in assisting the community, Mayor Noland wrongfully smears them by publicly announcing that she plans on bringing charges against the entire DBHA Board of Commissioners because the Mayor lacks the backbone to stand up to Chaz Stevens’ bullying. Despite the DBHA reaching out to the Mayor and Commission, neither the Mayor nor any City Commissioner has shown any interest in meeting with the DBHA Executive Director or the DBHA Board. The DBHA Board of Commissioners are flesh and blood people who are in good faith performing their volunteer duties for free while being vilified by Chaz Stevens and the Mayor:

A. Keith Emery, Chairman, has devoted 19 years as a member of the Board, with 11 of those years as Chairman. Mr. Emery is President of CMS-Construction Management Services, Inc. His company has a thirty-two year history in Deerfield Beach. The motivation behind Mr. Emery’s dedication in devoting his time and construction expertise as a citizen volunteer stems from his concern for promoting the development of self-sufficiency in individuals with limited resources. His primary focus is providing to those less fortunate affordable housing and new opportunities for success. Chairman Emery's expertise in construction has been instrumental in all aspects involving the facilities of the DBHA, including his tireless efforts in the development of the Palms of Deerfield Beach Town Homes. It is rare that a local volunteer Board has the good fortune to have someone with Mr. Emery’s construction expertise that is so crucial to the DBHA, and it would be a serious long-term loss to the DBHA and community to remove him from the Board.

B. Richard Sales, Vice Chairman, served as DBHA Commissioner from 2001 through 2005, and was reappointed in May of 2007. A member of the local business community since 2000, he is the owner of Reflections Printing in Deerfield Beach. In addition to Mr. Sales’ community volunteer activity as a Board member, Mr. Sales has also supported Deerfield Beach by his involvement with the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce, NE Focal Point and Deerfield Beach High School’s School Advisory Board.

C. Caryl Berner, Commissioner, was appointed to the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority in April of 2010. She has contributed to the community as a substitute teacher in the Broward County School System since moving to Florida. She devotes herself to many civic and governmental works. She has served as a volunteer on the Board of Master Management in Century Village East, was instrumental in having the City provide a no smoking beach area and working with City staff to institute a Casket Flag Ceremony to honor fallen heroes. She also serves as Chair of the CVE Walk-A-Thon in conjunction with the DB/LP Relay for Life to combat cancer. She is honored to serve the DBHA in their mission to advocate and provide quality of life and opportunities for success to individuals and families.

D. Lee Giannino, Commissioner, is a thirteen-year resident of the City of Deerfield Beach, and has served as DBHA Commissioner since January 2002. Despite his business being severely adversely affected by the national economic downturn, he still takes the time and effort in devoting himself to the mission of the DBHA. Mr. Giannino's other community involvement includes serving as a past Vice President and member of Crime-Stoppers for over ten years and serving on the Broward County Land Development Board.

E. Ernestine Gray, Commissioner, was appointed as Commissioner in June 2008. Ms. Gray has been Affordable Housing resident at the Stanley Terrace Apartments in good standing since 1998. She also currently serves as a board member of the Stanley Terrace Resident Council. Ms. Gray is active in doing her part to contribute to the community in improving the lives of others.

F. Dr. Alan Leavitt, Commissioner, is a sensitive caring chiropractic physician who is dedicated to providing professional care and treatment and in assisting his patient's in staying healthy. Dr. Leavitt is very supportive of the mission of the DBHA and devotes his volunteer time generously to it.
The DBHA Board of Commissioners are decent, well meaning people whose volunteer efforts should be appreciated by the Mayor and City Commissioners, rather than being the unfair objects of Chaz Stevens’ and the Mayor’s false statements. It is morally wrong for the Mayor to use her office to tarnish these volunteers’ reputations by saying she has legal cause to remove them from the DBHA Board.

… It is hoped that since the Mayor refuses to meet with HUD and the Executive Director of the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority while she awaits the results of the Inspector General evaluation, that the Mayor and City Commissioners will not act prematurely in wrongfully judging the DBHA Board and/or Executive Director guilty before the Inspector General’s evaluation, especially in light of the facts presented in this letter and attachments demonstrating the misunderstanding the Mayor has concerning true facts. Of course, the Mayor and City Commissioners have the power to engage in a Stalinist show trial and wrongfully prematurely condemn the entire DBHA Board as the Mayor threatened on June 21st. But, perhaps there might be a glimmer of thought given to the public purpose of such a blatant sham, and the long-term negative consequences to the City of such reckless and imprudent action. Since the Mayor wanted an Inspector General evaluation and she has gotten her wish, she should at least wait for the results of that evaluation.


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July 15, 2011

Mayor Peggy Noland
Vice Mayor Marty Popelsky
Commissioner Joe Miller
Commissioner Bill Ganz
150 NE 2nd Avenue
Deerfield Beach, Florida 33441

Re: Deerfield Beach Housing Authority (“DBHA”)

Dear Mayor and Commissioners:
I am writing this letter as special co-counsel for the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority (hereinafter “DBHA”) in this matter.

The DBHA desires to fulfill its mission of providing quality affordable housing and self-sufficiency programs that improve the quality of life for individuals and families in Deerfield Beach. Interfering with that mission have been the relentless attacks, harassment and misinformation of Chaz Stevens that has been accepted by the Mayor. The DBHA Board of Commissioners in fulfilling their duties as unpaid volunteers have sought to reasonably and fairly protect the Housing Authority. In that effort, they continue to be attacked by Chaz Stevens and the Mayor. The DBHA is responding to these attacks. The contents of this letter and its Attachments are to give you factual information and reasonable inferences to be drawn from that factual information.

The DBHA again requests that the Mayor meet with the DBHA Executive Director and HUD, something the Mayor refuses to do. The DBHA again requests that each member of the City Commission meet with the Executive Director concerning any questions that a City Commissioner may have, which invitation has never been responded to.

HUD’s Favorable Evaluations of the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority

1. The Deerfield Beach Housing Authority is run in a proficient manner as determined by HUD in numerous evaluations.
Did you know that 88.88% of the funding for DBHA is from HUD?
Did you know that the funding for DBHA for the last fiscal year (ending 9-30-2010) was:
88.88% - HUD
9.16% - Tenant Revenue
1.78% - other revenue
.18% - Interest
(See Audit - Attachment “5”, page 7).
Did you know that the DBHA must comply with HUD rules for those matters in which HUD is the source of funding?

So, while the DBHA is a Housing Authority created under Chapter 421, Florida Statutes, which statutorily provides that the Mayor has the authority to name and the City Commissioners the right to approve the DBHA Board of Commissioners, the rules and requirements that the DBHA must meet are under the control of HUD. The following recent satisfactory evaluations from HUD are attached (there are no unsatisfactory evaluations from HUD) and these reports (with the exception of the Audit in subparagraph E) have been previously provided to the Mayor and City Manager:

A. Attachment “1” – January 19, 2011 letter indicating that the Housing Authority of Deerfield Beach’s final Section 8 Management Assessment Program score for the fiscal year ending 9-30-2010 was 93% which places the DBHA’s overall performance rating as High.

B. Attachment “2” – January 21, 2011 Public Housing Assessment System Score was 84 out of 100, with Management scoring 30 out of 30 and Financial scoring 27 out of 30.

C. Attachment “3” – February 1, 2011 HUD On-Site Monitoring Report January 26-27, 2011 indicated that there were no issues concerning the ARRA funds.

D. Attachment “4” – February 4, 2011 Limited Procurement Review.

E. Attachment “5” – Most recent Audit of the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority, done by a CPA firm that is familiar with auditing Housing Authorities and is capable of auditing Housing Authorities.
2. Over the past 21 years, the DBHA has consistently benefitted the City of Deerfield Beach by providing affordable housing to residents of Deerfield Beach. In addition to fulfilling all of its other obligations, the DBHA as recently as 2008 brought a major affordable housing project success to Deerfield Beach with the Palms of Deerfield Beach Town Homes, a sophisticated complex venture utilizing 4% tax credits and low-income credit tax bonds. It was DBHA’s skill and innovation along with positive cooperation of a number of governmental agencies that was responsible for bringing 56 Affordable Housing Units (townhomes) to Deerfield Beach in project known as Palms of Deerfield Beach Town Homes (it is noted and appreciated the cooperation given at that time by the City, including the Deerfield Beach Building Department cooperation).

3. The DBHA Properties:

A. DBHA owns and operates Stanley Terrace, a 96 unit family housing complex,

B. DBHA owns and operates The Palms, a 100 unit elderly housing complex.

[Because low cost housing is provided, tenant revenues account for only 9.16% of the DBHA income (as indicated above, 88.88% of DBHA funding comes from HUD)].

C. DBHA also manages the 56 unit Palms of Deerfield Beach Town Homes.

D. The DBHA also administers 481 Housing Choice Vouchers (previously referred to and still commonly referred to as “Section 8 Housing”).
4. The DBHA also:

A. DBHA runs the Family Self-Sufficiency Program.

B. DBHA is a certified Housing Counseling Agency, which benefits the City in the City’s efforts to assist for first time homebuyers. DBHA has been successful in obtaining grant resources for self-sufficiency and family and children service programs.

C. Owns and operates the Business Skills Center.
5. The activities of the DBHA are responsible for bringing Money and Jobs to Deerfield Beach as a result of the construction work from funding resources.

The Board of Commissioners of Deerfield Beach Housing Authority consists of Citizen Volunteers giving for free to the Community

6. The Board of Commissioners of the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority are citizen volunteers who freely give their time and efforts to the community in providing through the DBHA affordable housing to those in need and access to self-sufficiency and community programs. These DBHA Commissioners work without compensation – they give of their time and effort to the community for free. And, for their efforts in assisting the community, Mayor Noland wrongfully smears them by publicly announcing that she plans on bringing charges against the entire DBHA Board of Commissioners because the Mayor lacks the backbone to stand up to Chaz Stevens’ bullying. Despite the DBHA reaching out to the Mayor and Commission, neither the Mayor nor any City Commissioner has shown any interest in meeting with the DBHA Executive Director or the DBHA Board. The DBHA Board of Commissioners are flesh and blood people who are in good faith performing their volunteer duties for free while being vilified by Chaz Stevens and the Mayor:

A. Keith Emery, Chairman, has devoted 19 years as a member of the Board, with 11 of those years as Chairman. Mr. Emery is President of CMS-Construction Management Services, Inc. His company has a thirty-two year history in Deerfield Beach. The motivation behind Mr. Emery’s dedication in devoting his time and construction expertise as a citizen volunteer stems from his concern for promoting the development of self-sufficiency in individuals with limited resources. His primary focus is providing to those less fortunate affordable housing and new opportunities for success. Chairman Emery's expertise in construction has been instrumental in all aspects involving the facilities of the DBHA, including his tireless efforts in the development of the Palms of Deerfield Beach Town Homes. It is rare that a local volunteer Board has the good fortune to have someone with Mr. Emery’s construction expertise that is so crucial to the DBHA, and it would be a serious long-term loss to the DBHA and community to remove him from the Board.

B. Richard Sales, Vice Chairman, served as DBHA Commissioner from 2001 through 2005, and was reappointed in May of 2007. A member of the local business community since 2000, he is the owner of Reflections Printing in Deerfield Beach. In addition to Mr. Sales’ community volunteer activity as a Board member, Mr. Sales has also supported Deerfield Beach by his involvement with the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce, NE Focal Point and Deerfield Beach High School’s School Advisory Board.

C. Caryl Berner, Commissioner, was appointed to the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority in April of 2010. She has contributed to the community as a substitute teacher in the Broward County School System since moving to Florida. She devotes herself to many civic and governmental works. She has served as a volunteer on the Board of Master Management in Century Village East, was instrumental in having the City provide a no smoking beach area and working with City staff to institute a Casket Flag Ceremony to honor fallen heroes. She also serves as Chair of the CVE Walk-A-Thon in conjunction with the DB/LP Relay for Life to combat cancer. She is honored to serve the DBHA in their mission to advocate and provide quality of life and opportunities for success to individuals and families.

D. Lee Giannino, Commissioner, is a thirteen-year resident of the City of Deerfield Beach, and has served as DBHA Commissioner since January 2002. Despite his business being severely adversely affected by the national economic downturn, he still takes the time and effort in devoting himself to the mission of the DBHA. Mr. Giannino's other community involvement includes serving as a past Vice President and member of Crime-Stoppers for over ten years and serving on the Broward County Land Development Board.

E. Ernestine Gray, Commissioner, was appointed as Commissioner in June 2008. Ms. Gray has been Affordable Housing resident at the Stanley Terrace Apartments in good standing since 1998. She also currently serves as a board member of the Stanley Terrace Resident Council. Ms. Gray is active in doing her part to contribute to the community in improving the lives of others.

F. Dr. Alan Leavitt, Commissioner, is a sensitive caring chiropractic physician who is dedicated to providing professional care and treatment and in assisting his patient's in staying healthy. Dr. Leavitt is very supportive of the mission of the DBHA and devotes his volunteer time generously to it.
The DBHA Board of Commissioners are decent, well meaning people whose volunteer efforts should be appreciated by the Mayor and City Commissioners, rather than being the unfair objects of Chaz Stevens’ and the Mayor’s false statements. It is morally wrong for the Mayor to use her office to tarnish these volunteers’ reputations by saying she has legal cause to remove them from the DBHA Board.

Executive Director Pamela Davis has spent her career working towards assisting the economically disadvantaged.

A. Before becoming Executive Director in 1989, Pamela Davis had previous jobs assisting the poor in South Florida as an employee of Legal Aid of Broward County and as the Property Manager of the Boca Raton Housing Authority.

B. In 1989, over 21 years ago, the condition of the Housing Authority was a shambles:

- Broward County Health Department had violations against the Housing Authority for rat and insect infestation

- The City had health and safety issues concerning the Housing Authority

- The residents of Stanley Terrace were on a rent strike - The Housing Authority could not pay its current bills - The Housing Authority had no credit

- The Housing Authority had no reserves

- The Housing Authority had over $30,000 in indebtedness to Internal Revenue Service for non-payment of withholding taxes and Social Security taxes

- The renovation at Stanley Terrace was being mismanaged

- The Housing Authority only had 50 Section 8 vouchers that had not even been administered

- The Housing Authority had no resident initiatives
C. In 1989, Pamela Davis accepted the job as Executive Director and the daunting task of turning around the DBHA. Pam Davis has quietly and professionally administered the DBHA in an exemplary manner for the past 21 years with the direction of the DBHA Board of Commissioners and the oversight of HUD. Pam has never been involved in politics and has devoted herself to a career in which she believed that if she did her job satisfactorily, that was sufficient. Decency, hard work and competency by a good governmental administrator like Pam Davis should be valued, rather than having her career attacked by mean, vicious people. Chaz Stevens can lie and misrepresent, but it doesn’t change the truth, and the truth is with Pam Davis. Mayor Noland can believe and parrot the lies she is told by Chaz Stevens, but that does not make them true.
The Deerfield Beach Housing Authority addresses issues raised by Mayor Peggy Noland during her comments at the end of the June 21, 2011 Commission meeting (the DBHA had no idea that the Mayor was going to speak about the DBHA at that meeting, and only found out about the Mayor’s comments after the meeting had occurred):

7. The Deerfield Beach Housing Authority in good faith believes it has submitted to the City of Deerfield Beach those records requested by the City. The following documentation is attached:

A. Attachment “6” - May 28, 2010 letter with attachment from City to DBHA. This request was exceedingly voluminous and would have required review of voluminous records and redaction of information to insure that there was not a violation of Federal and State law concerning the privacy rights of tenants.

B. Attachment “7” – June 23, 2010 letter from City to DBHA. The significance of this letter and attachment is that it clearly states it is a REVISED RECORD REQUEST, thus the attachment to the June 23, 2010 letter became the operative record request, replacing the attachment to the May 28, 2010 letter.

C. Attachment “8” – emails from DBHA to City indicating the records being provided by DBHA to City. Please note the second to last page of Attachment 3 in which the DBHA advises the City that line item 5 that had previously not been provided would be provided on January 7, 2011. Also note that the last page of Attachment 3 indicates that line item 5 was available for pick up January 7, 2011. The DBHA never received anything further from the City indicating that the City desired any additional documents from the DBHA.
Based upon the above documentation, the DBHA in good faith believes that it provided the City with everything that the City requested. The DBHA believes that the Mayor has been misinformed concerning the DBHA not providing records that were requested, and she continues to repeat this misinformation.

The DBHA does not have any record of the City requesting any further documentation after January 7, 2011. The DBHA believes that there is no such documentation. Consequently, the DBHA requests that the City immediately provide the DBHA with what the City claims is written documentation to the DBHA after January 7, 2011 that indicates that the City desired additional documents that were never provided by DBHA. In the event that the City is able to provide such written documentation of such a written request by the City to the DBHA after January 7, 2011, the DBHA will apologize and immediately furnish pursuant to the DBHA’s public request procedures.

8. The City never provided the DBHA with the Kessler Report dated February 28, 2011 and the City never asked the DBHA for any comments concerning the report. After being advised of the Mayor’s comments at the end of the June 21, 2011 Commission meeting, the DBHA later that week obtained a copy of the report. DBHA promptly forwarded that Kessler Report to HUD. HUD and the Executive Director of the DBHA requested to meet with the Mayor, but the Mayor has refused to meet with the DBHA Executive Director and HUD as is discussed in the immediately following paragraph 9.

By the way, the February 28, 2011 Kessler Report contains a blatant lie by Kessler on page 10 of the Report, wherein Kessler states, “Although numerous records were requested by Kessler, DBHA did not supply these documents.” (Attachment “9”) Kessler never requested any records from the DBHA. The DBHA requests that the City demand from Kessler written documentation to back up his false claim that he (Kessler) requested records from the DBHA, because Kessler did not. It will be conclusively shown that Kessler never requested records from the DBHA. It is clearly stated in paragraph 7 immediately above that the City requested records from the DBHA and that history is provided in Attachments “6”, “7” and “8”. But that request was from the City, and those records requested from the City were in good faith provided as discussed in paragraph 7 immediately above. No documents were ever, I repeat: No documents were ever requested by Kessler to the DBHA, so Kessler is blatantly lying when he says he requested records from the DBHA that were not supplied.

Is the Mayor so determined to condemn the DBHA, its Board and its Executive Director that she will rely upon a lie from Kessler falsely claiming Kessler requested records from the DBHA? Will the Mayor accept the fact the DBHA in good faith supplied the City with all documents the City requested of the DBHA and that the City never after January 7th requested additional documents or indicated what, if any, records the City had requested that had not been supplied?

9. DBHA has requested meetings with the Mayor, but the Mayor refuses to meet with the DBHA.

- Executive Director Pam Davis met with City Manager Burgess Hanson on March 31, 2011 and June 29, 2011 in order to improve communication between City and DBHA. The DBHA believes that the City Manager sincerely desires a good relationship between the City and DBHA. However, the City Manager is the Chief Administrator for the City, and not the Mayor or a City Commissioner.

- Attachment “10”: June 2, 2011, DBHA sends an email to City’s scheduling secretary for Mayor and Commissioners requesting opportunity to meet separately with Mayor and Commissioners. DBHA also requests that the Mayor and City Commissioners attend a “meet and greet” with the Board of Commissioners of the DBHA and the DBHA’s desire to provide the City Commission with an overview of the DBHA. The Mayor and City Commissioners never responded to that email.

- Attachment “11”: June 29, 2011 letter with attachments from Chairman of DBHA to the City Manager very briefly addressing the issues that the Mayor raised at the end of the June 21, 2011 Commission meeting, and requesting that the Mayor and Commissioners meet with the DBHA Executive Director. That letter has never been responded to.

- July 6, 2011, the Executive Director contacted the Mayor requesting a meeting with the DBHA Executive Director and HUD. The Mayor refused such a meeting, claiming that she (the Mayor) will not meet since there has been a presently pending request for an Inspector General evaluation. Obviously, the DBHA and HUD cannot force the Mayor to meet.

Kessler’s February 28, 2011 Report is Not an Audit.

10. As pointed out above, the DBHA is overseen by HUD, which provides 88.88% of DBHA’s funding (9.16% funding from Tenant Revenue; 1.78% from other revenue; .18% from interest). The City acknowledges that the City does not have the legal right, power or authority to do an audit of the DBHA.

Yet the City Commission in this time of extreme fiscal constraints wasted taxpayer money in the approximate amount of $30,000 (the exact amount will be known through a public record request by the DBHA general legal counsel to the City of Deerfield Beach) to have Kessler do a report, not an audit, concerning the DBHA, despite the fact that the DBHA is under the supervision of HUD and despite the fact that the HUD has a huge stake in the funding of the DBHA.

The situations involving investigation of the Mango Festival, in which the City spent considerable funds, or an investigation of City departments, which are under the direct authority, supervision and control of the City are far different than the City wasting precious taxpayer dollars on a superficial report from a non-CPA of an independent Housing Authority. The DBHA is overwhelming funded by HUD, overseen by HUD, has inspections and evaluations done by HUD and annually has an audit by a Florida CPA firm that is both experienced in HUD audits and can do HUD audits. It simply made no reasonable economic sense to waste City taxpayer dollars on a private individual’s (Chaz Stevens’ bizarre obsession).

KESSLER DID NOT DO AN AUDIT. Kessler cleverly uses words – he does not purport to do an “audit” yet Kessler freely allows others to mis-describe what he does as an “audit”, knowing that Kessler’s superficial work product is not an “audit.”

Kessler Has Serious Impartiality and Credibility Issues.

11. There are serious impartiality and credibility issues with Kessler. The City Commission has known about Kessler’s serious impartiality and credibility issues since at least as early as June 2010. I provided written documentation to the Mayor and Commissioners concerning the below subparagraphs in June 2010 (except for subparagraph “C” which happened after June 2010, but was predictable in light of Kessler’s lack of impartiality and credibility). And, the City had the opportunity to obtain additional information from its own due diligence. Yet despite this knowledge, the Mayor and City Commission allowed Kessler to continue on his report and paid Kessler Deerfield Beach taxpayer funds in the approximate amount of $30,000 (the exact amount will be known through a public record request of the City of Deerfield Beach) for Kessler’s worthless superficial February 28, 2011 “Report”. The City has never contested, challenged or contradicted the following facts:

A. Kessler is not a CPA. Attachment “12” is information from New York State listing Certified Public Accountants. Michael Kessler’s name is absent. Michael G. Kessler is also not listed as a CPA in Florida. It is the belief of the DBHA that if the City Commission truly wanted an impartial audit, it would have selected one of the many capable Florida CPA firms who do audits or a CPA firm that has experience in auditing Housing Authorities, rather than a destructive small private investigation company located in Long Island, New York.

B. Kessler’s website and self-promotion as it existed at the time Kessler obtained his contract with the City was intentionally misleading. Attachment “13” shows Kessler’s website in June 2010 indicating that “Kessler International” had far sweeping prestigious Office location addresses in Class “A” offices both nationally and internationally. Attachment “14” is a composite Attachment showing how these offices are really a phony fa├žade to give the misleading impression of a large international firm with prestige office locations throughout the country and world. The impressive photographs of Kessler office locations are in reality “mailbox locations” where Kessler does not really conduct regular business. Included in Kessler’s farce of “mail box” locations are Kessler’s alleged “World Headquarters” at Rockefeller Plaza and, of significance to Deerfield Beach, a Brickell Avenue, Miami location.

C. Kessler’s company is so unprofessional and fawning over Chaz Stevens that Kessler further tarnished itself as a credible company by creating a vanity award for Chaz Stevens named “The Chaz Award.” Further substantiation of the serious lack of impartiality and credibility is that in October 2010 Kessler formed a corporation in which both Kessler and Chaz Stevens are on the Board of Directors – this was formed during the same period that Kessler was preparing his report concerning the DBHA that was finalized and issued as the February 28, 2011 Kessler Report. What rational person would believe that Kessler could be impartial and credible when Kessler is so close to Chaz Stevens? The answer is: no one. What credible and impartial company would so intertwine itself with someone like Chaz Stevens while preparing a report involving an Agency in which Chaz Stevens has such an obsessive hatred? Answer: no impartial and credible company.
Do the Mayor and City Commission believe that in light of the above that the public or the DBHA Board of Commissioners were unreasonable in not believing that Kessler would do an unbiased and fair “audit” or report concerning the DBHA?

Chaz Stevens is a Negative Force seeking to destroy the DBHA, its Board and Executive Director.


12. Chaz Stevens is a negative force seeking to destroy the DBHA, its Board of Commissioners and Executive Director. Chaz Stevens’ public writings disqualify him from serving on any public Board:

A. Chaz Stevens has referred to Mayor Noland as a “cunt”, “Twat” and “Twatster” (see Attachments “15” and “16”).

B. Chaz Stevens has referred to Congressman West as, among other things, “Douche nozzle.” (see attachment “17”)

C. Chaz Stevens publicly taunts DBHA Executive Director saying, “Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out.” (see Attachment “18”) and publicly taunts the Executive Director with criminal references like, “DBHA Director Davis Off to Jail?” (see Attachment “19”)

D. Chaz Stevens publicly speaks about Pam Davis in racist and criminal terms. Attached as Attachment “20” is an excerpt from Chaz Stevens’ blog “MOAS (“My Acts of Sedition”) of July 10, 2011, in which Chaz Stevens says the following (emphasis supplied):

Bullshit. Davis has been reading my emails. I hope she took the time to read the Kessler report (though it’s not in eubonic)…

Stevens goes on to reference: “… the clinking sound of handcuffs going around Davis’ wrist.”

Attachment “21” is the Urban Dictionary’s definition of “eubonics”: The supposed way black people speak.

E. Despite knowing the vulgarity of Chaz Stevens, around the same time period as the City Commission was voting to unwisely misuse City taxpayer funds for Kessler to do a report of the DBHA, in a 3-2 vote at the request of Mayor Noland, City Commissioners ratified her appointment of Chaz Stevens as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the DBHA (Vice Mayor Popelsky is commended for his strong opposition against Chaz Stevens being appointed to the DBHA Board of Commissioners).
Any reasonable person would have seen the placing of such a negative person on a public board as an indication by the Mayor and City Commissioners of a disrespect and contempt of the DBHA as well as sending a message to our children and young adults that such behavior is tolerable to the elected officials of Deerfield Beach because such behavior does not disqualify Chaz Stevens from being named to a public Board.

Would any rational person want their daughter, sister or wife working for an entity where this vulgar bully Chaz Stevens was one of her bosses? Of course not.

Would any reasonable person think that it was a responsible exercise of public policy for a Mayor to name and a Commission to ratify placing on a public Board a person to a public board who has such an unhealthy obsession with female genitalia name calling such as “cunt”, “Twat”, “Twatster” and “Douche nozzle” in referring to public officials? Of course not. Yet, knowing the despicable behavior of Chaz Stevens, the Mayor and City Commissioners placed Chaz Stevens on the DBHA Board anyway. Chaz Stevens resigned from the DBHA Board soon after his appointment.

Deerfield Beach Housing Authority will comply with Inspector General evaluation.

13. The Mayor refuses to meet with the Executive Director of the Housing Authority and HUD because she claims she cannot meet because there is an anticipated Inspector General evaluation. Of course, the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority will fully cooperate with the Inspector General. The Inspector General has proper authority and jurisdiction over the DBHA and whatever decisions it determines appropriate concerning the Housing Authority.

Conclusion.

14. It is hoped that since the Mayor refuses to meet with HUD and the Executive Director of the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority while she awaits the results of the Inspector General evaluation, that the Mayor and City Commissioners will not act prematurely in wrongfully judging the DBHA Board and/or Executive Director guilty before the Inspector General’s evaluation, especially in light of the facts presented in this letter and attachments demonstrating the misunderstanding the Mayor has concerning true facts. Of course, the Mayor and City Commissioners have the power to engage in a Stalinist show trial and wrongfully prematurely condemn the entire DBHA Board as the Mayor threatened on June 21st. But, perhaps there might be a glimmer of thought given to the public purpose of such a blatant sham, and the long-term negative consequences to the City of such reckless and imprudent action. Since the Mayor wanted an Inspector General evaluation and she has gotten her wish, she should at least wait for the results of that evaluation.

Thank you for your courtesy in reading this letter and attachments.

Sincerely,

TOM CONNICK

cc: Congressman Allen West
Keith Emery, Chairman of DBHA
Richard Sales, Vice Chairman of DBHA
Caryl Berner, Commissioner of DBHA
Lee Giannino, Commissioner of DBHA
 Ernestine Gray, Commissioner of DBHA
Dr. Alan Leavitt, Commissioner of DBHA
Pamela Davis, Executive Director of DBHA
William G. Crawford, Jr., Esquire, co-counsel for DBHA on this special matter and general legal counsel for DBHA
Burgess Hanson, City Manager
Andy Maurodis, City Attorney
Ada Graham Johnson, City Clerk

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