Sorry Dothan That I Am Holding Your Feet To The Fire - I Did Not Make The Promises To The PublicRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Nov 20 2018 10:31 PM
DOTHAN: Early this morning RSN broke the names of the three candidates for Dothan City Manager. Now RSN is being credited with the possible derailing the hiring process of the new Dothan City Manager.
The City of Dothan workforce is about 1,000 people. These 1,000 people work for the City Manager. By law, no elected official can deal directly with any employee of the City of Dothan, to include department heads, except through the City Manager.
LAW: the commission and its members shall deal with the administrative service of the city solely through the city manager, and neither the commission nor any member thereof shall give orders, either publicly or privately, to any employee under the supervision of the city manager, except in emergencies.
The people's hospital, Southeast Alabama Medical Center AKA Southeast Health hired a new Chief Executive Officer from out of state. His name is Rick Sutton.
Sutton rode his donkey into Dothan and turned 80 people's lives upside down. Sutton turned 80 people who have devoted their lives to SAMC aka Southeast Health, the caring of patients and the hospital, and had them escorted from the hospital. Doctors who have treated patients for decades are denied privileges to practice at SAMC aka Southeast Health. Why? Because Rick Sutton said so.
Then Sutton spit in these 80 people's faces by spending an estimated $ 1.2 to $ 1.7 million dollars re-branding the name of the hospital. ( Obviously SAMC aka Southeast Health does not talk to me and they meet behind closed doors. The figure is what I have been told but unverifiable because the board meetings are held in secret ).
So the Dothan City Commission wants to hide from the public who they are seeking for the 1,000 men and women of Dothan workforce to work for, who will be the controlling factor over their lives. And the some 60,000 residents will be subject to his reign and control.
Remembering the law, those elected can not do anything with any employee or department head except through the City Manager.
Then we learn the two finalists, one was subject to (1) a online petition containing 2,000 names calling for his resignation, (2) the Sheriff of the county the man worked for leading the charge against the county manager with very strong allegations against him (3) the county manager asking to be relieved of his contract immediately, and (4) the county manager being paid $ 250,000.00 in a severance package. Pretty good... "other people's money"!
Okay, I broke the article of who the three were. Okay, I broke the article where Mayor Saliba told the Dothan Eagle the search was narrowed to 2, and negotiations were underway.
True or False, is it important to know what happened a few months ago with one of the two finalists? Or is that none of the Dothan citizens business?
DIRECT QUOTE OF MAYOR SALIBA: While the governing body has not set the official interview process, the mayor plans to propose each candidate attend a question-and-answer session with the media and the public, individual meetings with each commissioner, and a social meet-and-greet. The meet-and-greet would allow the commission to witness how each candidate networks in social situations, Saliba noted.
DO NOT BE MAD WITH ME...because I held you accountable to the registered voters of the City of Dothan. Rickey Stokes did not make the August 2018 statements: the mayor plans to propose each candidate attend a question-and-answer session with the media and the public, individual meetings with each commissioner, and a social meet-and-greet.
And Rickey Stokes did not make the November 2018 statements field narrowed to two and negotiations are in process. When was the meet and greet with EACH CANDIDATE?
CODE OF ALABAMA - LAWS
Powers and duties of city manager.
The city manager shall be the administrative head of the city. He (She) shall devote all his (her) working time and attention to the affairs of the city and shall be responsible to the commission for the efficient administration of all the affairs of the city over which he (she) has jurisdiction. He (She) shall have the power and it shall be his (her) duty:
(1) To administer the policies of the commission, the code of ordinances of the city, and state and federal laws pertaining to the city as provided herein. For the purpose of said administration, the commission does hereby authorize and direct the city manager to see that all duties and authority conferred upon it by law, all city ordinances, resolutions, policies, and directives are carried out, and any and all his (her) acts shall be for and in the name of the city and/or the commission; provided, however, there is hereby excepted and excluded those duties and authority given by the commission, state, and federal laws to other boards, agencies, and officials.
(2) To direct the affairs of all department heads and to appoint and, when necessary for the good of the service, discipline, and remove all heads of departments, or other employees appointed by the city manager. Said appointments and removal shall be done only upon the recommendation of the city manager and subsequent approval by the commission. All such appointments shall be made upon merit and fitness alone. The city manager may, without notice, cause the affairs of any department head or employee to be examined. All appointments, removals, or suspensions shall be subject to regulations, authority, and provisions of any civil service act or merit system act relating to such city.
(3) To exercise control over all departments under his (her) supervision now in existence or that may hereinafter be created by the commission.
(4) To recommend to the commission the creating, consolidating, and combining of offices, positions or departments of the administrative and operational departments of the city.
(5) To plan, organize, and supervise the operations of the city's various department heads so as to promote harmony, economy, efficiency, and cooperation among the departments and with the other agencies, commissions, and committees as hereinabove set forth.
(6) To investigate all complaints in relation to matters concerning the administration and operation of the city government and services maintained by the public utilities of the city.
(7) To see that all terms and conditions imposed in favor of the city or its inhabitants in any public utility franchise are faithfully kept and performed and, upon the knowledge of any violation thereof, to call the same to the attention of the commission.
(8) The city manager, or an officer appointed by him (her), shall be the purchasing agent for the city for purchases for departments under his (her) control.
(9) To attend all meetings of the commission with the right to take part in the discussions but having no vote. The city manager shall be entitled to notice of all special meetings.
(10) To keep the commission fully advised at all times as to the financial condition and needs of the city.
(11) To prepare, or cause to be prepared, each year, an operations budget and supplemental budget as provided in Article 6 of this chapter.
(12) To cause to be prepared and presented to the commission semiannually a statement showing the exact financial condition of the city as of the end of the preceding quarter and showing amounts appropriated, amounts expended, and unexpended balance of the items of appropriation.
(13) To recommend to the commission adoption of such measures as he (she) may deem necessary or expedient.
(14) To insure that proper accounting procedures are established and followed.
(15) To seek to improve the relationship between the city government and the public by the formulation of an adequate program which shall include personnel training as well as public relations.
(16) To perform such other lawful duties as may be required by resolution or ordinance of the commission.
(17) To assure that each administrative unit of the municipality develops written operating procedures for that unit.
(Acts 1988, No. 88-445, p. 660, §5.03.)
Noninterference by mayor or commission with certain duties of city manager; dealings with administrative service.
Neither the mayor, commission nor any of its members shall direct the employment or removal of any person by the city manager or by any of his (her) subordinates in the administrative service of the city. Appointments or removals of employees not subject to a civil service or merit act will be done in conformity with Section 11-44E-92(2). Except for the purposes of inquiry and investigation held in a manner firmly established by resolution or ordinance in advance of such inquiry and investigation, the commission and its members shall deal with the administrative service of the city solely through the city manager, and neither the commission nor any member thereof shall give orders, either publicly or privately, to any employee under the supervision of the city manager, except in emergencies.
(Acts 1988, No. 88-445, p. 660, §5.04.)
Political, other improper influences on city manager and personnel under his (her) authority prohibited; ineligibility of candidates for public office to continue employment.
Neither the city manager nor any person appointed by him (her) or seeking appointment by him (her) shall be appointed, promoted, reduced, removed, or in any way favored or discriminated against because of his (her) political opinions or affiliations. Neither the city manager nor any officer or employee directly appointed by the city manager shall continue in such position after becoming a candidate for nomination or election to any municipal public office. No person appointed by the city manager, or seeking appointment by him (her), shall either directly or indirectly give, render, or pay any money, service, or other valuable thing to any person for, or on account of, or in connection with, his (her) test, appointment, proposed appointment, promotion, or proposed promotion.
(Acts 1988, No. 88-445, p. 660, §5.05.)
Contract between city manager and city.
The tenure, compensation, and duties as provided by law of the city manager shall be enumerated in a contract between the city manager and the city. The contract shall not exceed two years in length with two, one-year renewal options. Commencing on October 1, 2009, the contract shall not exceed four years in length with two, one-year renewal options.
(Acts 1988, No. 88-445, p. 660, §5.09; Act 2009-355, p. 678, §1.)