Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Deerfield Beach Mayor Censured

At last night’s (Tuesday, December 2) commission meeting, in reaction to the OIG report, the commissioners voted to send a message to Mayor Jean Robb that her unethical behavior was not going to be tolerated by passing a motion to go on record that Robb’s conduct is unacceptable and is an abuse of power and should cease immediately. 

Her answer was to make snide joking remarks about the $500 checks and the Little League bus.  The one commissioner who voted no on the resolution did so because he thought it was too weak.  He was in favor of a vote to suspend her.  Given her reaction, which was to speak up and deny that she violated the charter in spite of being advised by her VERY high priced attorney not to say anything, perhaps a suspension should have been the motion.

Strangely there were people in the audience who were urged to come and speak because they thought that Fr. Dalton of St. Ambrose Church was being accused of something.  Bill Ganz made it plain that that was not the case, but many got up and extolled the priest’s and the school’s virtues anyway.  The situation is not that anyone in the church asked for favors, it is that Robb overstepped her authority by demanding a city employee parking sticker be given to Fr. Dalton and that the church parking lot be cleaned by the city, those are not her decisions to make. 

It seemed that the good church people were OK with a violation of the charter and the code of ethics as long as the church benefited.  Or, maybe if they actually knew the circumstances behind the actions they wouldn’t be OK with it.  They seemed to be nice people who had no idea of the facts of the situation and had no clue what was happening which made what they did say seem quite surreal. 

Others spoke basically saying that because the mayor meant well, what she did was all right.  That kind of thinking leads me to believe that those people would be OK with an elected official stealing, lying, taking bribes and abusing their position as long as something they liked benefited.   We have laws, charter provisions and ethics laws for a reason into which I need not go as it is quite evident why. Elected officials MUST follow the rules even when they are inconvenient. 

Instead of acknowledging that what she did was wrong, apologizing and correcting her behavior Mayor Robb is living in denial.  The OIG report was specific, she did it. 

The reason the report exists at all is due to Robb’s inability to correct her behavior.  The reasons behind the drastic move of complaining to the Office of the Inspector General lie solely on her shoulders; she brought this upon herself by refusing to comply with city laws even after being corrected time after time by the city manager, the other commissioners and the city attorney. This last-ditch effort to get some relief from her behavior and to bring her misconduct out in the public paid off in the findings of the OIG report.  Her feigning innocence will not convince anyone who reads the report that she is not totally guilty.  If going forward she continues to act as in the past I hope the Commission, or the State will take much stronger measures. 

1 comment:

  1. Bett;

    The folks at St. Ambrose served their purpose -- that being, they made Jean Robb feel good about themselves.

    I've come to learn folks who pray usually want "something for nothing." Oh Jesus, let me pass this test, or Dear Lord, get me out of trouble this time, and I'll be a changed person.

    That attitude was on display last night.

    Contrary to "Bob" and his crew, Bryan Dalton isn't always held in the highest of regards ... in fact, one very well-known individual told me, "Dalton is an arrogant lying snake."

    Ha! Maybe he's the Charlton Heston snake!

    The point here ... and the one that you grasped is this ... as long as it's my guy getting away with it, I'll do the Christian thing and turn the other cheek.

    That's okay, 'cause I opine the SAO is going to come up and smack Robb right on her other cheek... The lower cheek to be specific.

    I also applaud several speaker's sheer stupidity --- "I've not read the report, but I am sure this is a witch hunt."

    Please shut up and leave would have been my suggestion.

    I also chuckled at Robb telling Rosenzweig it's not her job to calm the audience. Really? I guess along with the OIG report, the old rat never read Robert's Rules.

    Sure there were loud members in the audience showing support, but when Robb's arrested (when, not if), I'll break out my ThunderPhone 1700... The world's loudest megaphone ... Bought that sucker two years ago, and I've been itching to try it out.