Over the last month a messy circus has enveloped City Hall. It began on May 16 when Mayor Crissy Stile abruptly sought the termination of City Manager Patrick Comiskey which stunned council members and the public. Stile and the six member city council seemingly agreed that Florida’s Sunshine Law required the matter be discussed in a public meeting. However the council members were steadfast in their belief in the importance of due process and questioned Stile’s sense of urgency without proof of her allegations. The Council members sought to temper personal attacks with a fair investigation into the veracity of the Mayor’s diverse claims which ranged from petty to more significant matters. Stile and the Council members gave Comiskey generally positive performance reviews and a salary raise last November which ignored rumblings of some of staff's significant concerns that were present since last June.
Part of the investigative process that the six CIty Council members set forth was to conduct an anonymous survey with the City’s 15 department heads that report directly to Comiskey. The goal of the survey was to allow the department heads an opportunity to express any grievances and gauge the effectiveness of Comiskey’s management style. One department head opted not to participate. The results of the survey are almost equally mixed with both favorable and unfavorable responses and none indicated any issues that were an emergency. The anonymous survey responses along with an overview of the results are in the pdf document below.
After having time to review the survey results and speak directly with department heads, the Council will now have to determine their next course of action as Stile continues to push for Comiskey’s immediate termination. The item is once again on the agenda for the June 20 meeting.