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New Sheriff In Town: Jim Manfre Wastes No Time Firing, Demoting and Reorganizing

| January 8, 2013

Preparations outside the sheriff's office for Tuesday's swearing in of Jim Manfre went on Monday afternoon, as Manfre's team was announcing major changes to agency ranks. (© FlaglerLive)

Preparations outside the sheriff’s office for Tuesday’s swearing in of Jim Manfre went on Monday afternoon, as Manfre’s team was announcing major changes to agency ranks. (© FlaglerLive)

Jim Manfre is being sworn in as Flagler County Sheriff for the second time in 12 years at noon today at the end of an unusually ambitious and aggressive two-month transition.  By the beginning of this first day, well before the actual ceremony at the sheriff’s office at noon—and in moves that are likely to stir a mixture of resentment and approval—Manfre had already reorganized the county’s largest police agency, demoted many, fired some, and gutted a command structure Manfre considers top-heavy and inefficient in a department he said was “dysfunctional,” prone to “wasteful spending” and “starved for leadership.”

“I may be making seven people unhappy, but I’ll be making 250 employees happy,” Manfre said, “and also fulfilling my promise that I made in the campaign to apply a business approach to this organization.” From the first day, the reorganization will eliminate seven supervisory positions and save $150,000, Manfre said, calling it “a small down-payment” on projected raises for line deputies down the road.

But the changes go much further than mere reorganization, with a difference in style that may chafe as well as change a department maneuvered by the less hands-on administrative style of Sheriff Don Fleming over the past eight years.

The chief deputy’s position, held until now by David O’Brien and previously by Rick Look, has been eliminated, as have the positions of captain and major. They’ve been replaced by a layer of “commanders” (including O’Brien, who’ll be senior commander at the head of the patrol division), a grade Manfre describes as somewhere between a lieutenant and a captain. Pay is being reduced accordingly in many instances, though not in O’Brien’s case. They’ll report to Rick Staly, a newcomer to the agency in the newly created position of undersheriff.

Two majors–Steve Clair, the law enforcement services director, and John Plummer, heading the support services division, two men who have about half a century’s service in the sheriff’s office between them—have been summarily fired. As Manfre put it: “Their services will no longer be required in my term.”

Manfre is keeping Becky Quintieri as his jail director and Linda Bolante as the finance director, but other key positions are turning over: his attorney will again be Sid Nowell, a partner at the Flagler Beach firm where Manfre had been of counsel (Nowell had been the sheriff’s attorney in his first term between 2001 and 2004). He’s bringing in Robert Crouse, a retired associate director of the Southern Police Institute, as director of human resources, and Jack Bisland, the former resident agent in charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Daytona Beach office, as head of the Investigative Services Division (formerly the Criminal Investigations Division).

Manfre spoke at a news conference held just under 24 hours before his swearing in, at the county’s Emergency Operations Center, under conditions that were as unusual as they were indicative of strictly managed if somewhat contradictory operation: Manfre had invited media to meet with him and hear his reorganization plan ahead of the swearing in on the condition that the plan not be revealed until after midnight Tuesday, because the numerous individuals being shifted, demoted or fired—and whose names were included in the media packet—had not yet been informed.

Jim Manfre during Monday's news conference. (© FlaglerLive)

Jim Manfre during Monday’s news conference. (© FlaglerLive)

The contradiction was in Manfre’s stated aim to be current with new and immediate media, including social media, and to let information flow. He’s hired a PR firm and Marketing 2 Go’s Cindy Dalecki, the local social media maven, to implement what he sees as an information-age regime. Monday’s conditional news conference, he said, would be the exception. And the condition proved untenable: just after 8 p.m., the News-Journal published its story of the overhaul plan. (Manfre also named Lt. Robert Weber, long with the sheriff’s office, the new head of media relations, though he has no experience in the field.)

By Monday evening an email had been sent through the sheriff’s office outlining the changes, and the individuals affected, including Clair and Plummer, were notified, but not by Manfre. Manfre said Staly, O’Brien and Bob Crouse, the new director of human resources, delivered the news.

Manfre was aware that dismissing individuals of long-standing in the department and reassigning others might affect morale or even lead to litigation. He was asked at the news conference whether the manner and rapidity with which he was implementing the changes might undermine cohesion going in. “Right now, I’m not as concerned about morale, although I am concerned,” Manfre said, “but about creating an efficient, streamlined organization that provides effective law enforcement services to the community.”

Staly defended the approach: “What the transition team indicated to us was that, from the interviews that they did, the agency was looking for leadership. And in many cases, the line level did not have the respect of the staff, and that’s virtually a direct quote. I suspect the majority of the agency reaction will be exciting in a new future for the sheriff’s office, especially when they see we’re serious in taking the agency to the next level, which is the vision of the sheriff.” Staly said Manfre could, politically, “make no changes and just come in as sheriff. He’s making some very hard decisions. But it’s the right decisions for the agency and for the community and for the taxpayers.”

In further reorganizations, the K-9 unit is being disbanded, with K-9 handlers operating within particular squads from now on. The change was significant beyond the reorganization matter: Sgt. Jamie Roster had headed the K-9 unit. Roster was accused by his own men earlier this year of putting in for time he did not work. The case led to an internal investigation and Roster’s brief demotion, without a loss of pay. The investigation found that he’d clocked upwards of $8,000 that could not be documented in time worked. But Fleming reinstated Roster in a settlement with Roster’s union, with just a one-day suspension.


Manfre is demoting Roster again to deputy, with a cut in pay, and reviving the issue of the investigation: “I intend on my first day of taking office to refer the matter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for a criminal investigation,” Manfre said, “and anything else that comes out of that investigation, or out of that internal investigation that needs to be pursued, we’re asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to pursue. That may result in additional actions taken against deputy Roster, depending on what FDLE finds.”

As examples of wasted money, Manfre cited a $130,000 armored vehicle that was delivered to the sheriff’s office this first week of the year. Manfre said he tried to convince Fleming change his mind on the vehicle, which he says is unnecessary, but Fleming refused. Manfre cited a $100,000 fingerprinting system that’s sat unused for three years because the sheriff never hired a fingerprinting analyst. And he cited the $100,000 a year in leases that are being paid for lack of space at the sheriff’s headquarters—a problem not quite attributable to Fleming, but to an economic downturn and a slow-moving county commission that only last week finalized plans (but still not financing) to enable the sheriff’s office to move to the annex of the old courthouse in Bunnell.

In a prepared statement, Manfre said that “there is no inventory control or supply processes or internal accountability system for taxpayer purchased property. As such, I am ordering an agency-wide audit and inventory to begin immediately.” Manfre said the jail issue would also be a top priority of his administration. He will sit in on all future county meetings relating to the proposal to build a new jail or an addition to the jail, and have the existing jail audited as well.

For all the changes afoot, and what may be a few bruising battles ahead as the new administration settles in, Manfre projected a sense of certainty about his administration. “I received a call from a city commissioner this morning, from the city of Bunnell, and what he told me was there’s a sense of excitement among the deputies,” Manfre said. “They are starved for leadership. That was the word that we got out of the transition.”

The reference to a Bunnell commissioner was odd, since none of the commissioners on that government panel have a particularly close relationship with the sheriff’s office’s rank and file, let alone the sheriff’s office itself—an agency the commission summarily rebuffed less than two years ago when it briefly considered a proposal to let the sheriff take over policing in Bunnell.

A swearing-in of some of the department’s rank-and-file was scheduled for around midnight, 12 hours before Manfre’s swearing in Tuesday, under a big tent that was being set up in front of the sheriff’s office Monday afternoon.

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52 Responses for “New Sheriff In Town: Jim Manfre Wastes No Time Firing, Demoting and Reorganizing”

  1. Intheknow says:

    Great start! Way to go Jim…I knew you were ther right choice. The Roster fiasco was a total embarrassment,thankyou for not sweeping it further under the rug.

    • PC Aviator says:

      The “ROster Fiasco” was part of the election nonsense that Obrien had his dirty hands in. Not sure how familiar you are with it BUT….it already went to FDLE who came back and said they were not going to do anything with it. It also went to the state attorney who said there was not a criminal violations.

      If there is anything there like everyone keeps saying then bring on the investigations on the other deputies that the attorneys were ready to provide names on. That is another 20-30 internal investigations that include placing 20-30 deputies on administrative leave just like Roster. 20-30 deputies terminated or demoted just like Roster. That would close down two shifts of deputies.

      Oh, but they won’t do that because some of the deputies that are on the list include Manfre supporters. If you take Roster’s name out of it and put in a name of a Manfre supporter there would never be mention of it again.

      Maybe the PBA should just bring it all out and then everyone can get dragged through the mud and have their reputation smeared like Roster’s.

  2. PJ says:

    It’s pretty clear that Sheriff Manfre is a Manager.

    He re-organized, cut expenses and he has not been at work yet more than an hour!

    This is a good sign of things to come, good luck Sheriff Manfre to you and your staff……PJ

  3. Linda says:

    Sounds great! I wish Sheriff Manfre and the personnel and officers of the County Sheriff’s Office much success, and appreciate all the hard work obviously already done on behalf of the taxpayers.

  4. confidential says:

    Good start Sheriff Manfre!! The community needs you.
    Jim, remember to keep a close communication with community organizations by visiting their events and gatherings when your schedule will allow it, so we can tell you of our real issues and in exchange you will strengthen your good relation with all our county and city residents.

  5. Geezer says:

    Don Fleming’s TOP 10
    Retirement to-do list:

    * Go to the range and generate “ballistics”
    * Build 1:10 scale plastic police cruiser models
    * Listen to “The Joy of Opera” on WFCF
    * Listen to his Henry Mancini records
    * Try Indian food!
    * Buy some more Tony Soprano style casual-dress shirts
    * Learn to exclaim: “SERENITY NOW!” when upset
    * Collect rare fountain pens
    * Learn to roll a mean burrito
    * Block Jamesine Fischer’s phone calls

    May the outgoing sheriff enjoy a great retirement!

  6. flaglerdave says:

    Good luck Manfre ( NOT ) ,,,, YOU SUCKED last time in office,,, How short the public’s memory is….
    , Also firing two outstanding Veteran officers just shows what a splineless jellyfish you are…

    • Intheknow says:

      yeah right dave……Plummer was an outstanding vet….outstanding at what? He sat on his ass pretty good, he was outstanding cashing his check…….they kept moving him around but really couldn’t find a spot to hide him anymore. the guy was already retired

      • Afreind says:

        Plummer was moved around so much to fix the mess an officer would make! He is well respected by his men, many of which are very upset with this dick move.

  7. "My Daily Rant" says:

    Manfre dont get to used to the office,you were bounced out once it can happen again.

  8. Anon says:

    Too bad he is not in charge of city hall.

  9. Re-Elect Sheriff Fleming says:

    HELP!!! Hope you’re all in for a LONG swim!! Because this guy will drag you under and in less than 24 hours devestated the entire LEO of Flagler County.
    People forget way too soon and will regret their latest decsion… It’s not just the LEO’s that’s take a beating, BUT their families as well. What heart?
    K-9 units! GONE
    Suppression Team, GONE
    Officers knocked down & out, if not yes, GONE!

    OH yeah, I feel really safe now!! NO WAY! :-(

    God have mercy on our soles.. Why don’t we just turn the crimminals out and have them be sub-deputies?? That’s save a LOT of money..

    • seriously? says:

      oh please! wah wah wah…. i’ve had my car and home broken into – no help from police/ i’ve had friends who had their home broken into and had DNA EVIDENCE of the person and knew the person who did it and the idiot cop tells them “what do you think this is, CSI?” – uh no its YOUR JOB! Glad Manfre got rid of the slack

  10. Dennis says:

    Sorry to see people fired who served the agency and the people for no apparent reason other than reorganization. I guess wether or not that’s a good start is yet to be seen. I wouldn’t want to be this Deputy Roster. He gets disciplined by his then boss, Sheriff Fleming, and the new boss, Sheriff Manfre doesn’t like the it and decides to discipline him again. Whether you think the punishment fits the crime or not it didn’t happen on your watch. Doesn’t sound fair to punish someone for the same thing twice.

    Good luck Sheriff. Hope this “reorganization” is for the good of the agency and not just good ole cronyism.

    • PC Aviator says:

      Hell hath no fury like an obien scorned.

      He was promoted under Manfre’s first term from deputy to deputy first class, then to captain after the Brendel fiasco, the chief deputy after the maronski/malta mess. He has definitely not proven himself as an administrator. But he did campaign for manfre while he was fleming’s chief deputy so…..

      • Sally Shortarms says:

        Manfre is nothing but a wanna-be, has been all of his life due to the “Napoleon complex” he carries with him. Interesting comment, Maronski/ Malta mess, if anyone has a clue the only reason that was a mess is because once again Manfre was the short man leading, Maronski and Malta are not only excellent deputies, but real men that have more morale in their pinkies than most could ever imagine, it’s a shame Manfre had to use their reputations to get voted in the first time, it doesn’t take long for Manfre’s true colors to show, if you don’t support him he fires you, little man, little man eventually this will catch up with Mr. Wanna-Be Manfre, he will never be more than a dirty politician.

  11. Gangs of NY says:

    This county has become a statewide joke. I am embarrassed to tell people I live here. A bunch of embittered retired NY and Jersey residents who have spent too much of their spare time watching gangster movies on continuous loop. We got the Forty Thieves – Landon, Netts, Beadle, Petito, Flemming, Manfre, Holland-O”Brien, Meeker and their brown nosing “good ole boy cronies”. As long as they can inflict revenge, fatten their pockets and get their picture in the paper, life is good. The highest paid city manager (city landscaper) anywhere, a monopolizing mayor that plays dumb, a city fire chief that spends more time shaking hands and attending ELKS luncheons than reporting to work (already acting retired, just do it already), a clueless wannabe county fire chief, the former sheriff that spent money like a jersey boardwalk gambler and belongs in a nursing home, a premeditated vengeful butcher that fired, demoted and then brought in his friends, a former commissioner turned state rep in bed with the former chief deputy that still managed to keep a high ranking position when others, just 2 years from retirement, were fired! Meeker, well enough said, the vandalism to his political signs said enough for all of us. Now all of the cronies are sitting patiently on the sidelines waiting for their turn to be “MADE”. I think Jack Nicholson said it best as the Joker “This town needs an enema!”

  12. blondee says:

    Hey Jim Manfre, want to save some more money? How about abolishing the antiquated system of taking home squad cars? Far too much personal use of these vehicles occurring.

  13. Outsider says:

    I gotta agree with Dennis. Why would you re-open a case that’s already been closed? Is the sheriff going to go back and rehash his calendar fiasco, maybe declaring himself not guilty?

    • PC Aviator says:

      @ PJ that is payback for Birdsong (Fleming supporter) and Roster because he didn’t support Obrien but supported Clair. Obrien has always had it out for those in K9 because of his jealousy for Major Clair. Obrien could not stand that the deputies, community and administration loved Clair. There is alot more to this but it is all about personal agendas and paybacks. The other four K9 deputies jumped on the manfre wagon because Birdsong and Roster were holding them accountable.

      Obrien is not going to last long if Staly is the high level professional that FCSO is expecting–and Manfre lets Staly run the operations.

  14. glide10 says:

    @ blondee, Antiquated really, many agencies have this policy, I believe it’s also a benefit of being hired. I personally like seeing the patrol car in my neighborhood. Doesn’t it also allow the deputies to report for work quicker and especially in an emergency call out situation? And those barking to cut salaries, really, what do you think someone who is willing to do that job and put their lives in harms way should be paid?

  15. Reality Check says:

    People have a short memory and that mob mentality, Manfre is nothing more than an egomaniac. He will do whatever it takes to be in the news, he was a less than average attorney and now he is a position that he screwed up once before. No politician should be in a position such as Sherriff; Fleming did what he had to do to keep the department afloat. Manfre gave the department Attorney’s job to Sid Nowell (do not even get started on this buffoon) but there is no conflict that Manfre worked for him in his firm. Sid Nowell could not defend the School Board when he was their attorney, now you want him in a position to deal with high dollar civil cases? Sid is another want to be politician just like Manfre; they are only in it for the money. Good luck Mr. Manfre but I suggest you don’t unpack the boxes, since you already have proven once you were not the man for the job.

  16. Ambroz says:

    Congratulations Mr. Manfre on being sworn in. I wish you the best of luck. I commend you on picking Cindy Dalecki to help with media matters. She is great at what she does and is a very good person too.

  17. PJ says:

    Thanks Aviator for the bigger picture.

  18. Gangs of NY says:

    FCSO is just one county/city dept that watches too much Mob Tv, and I think Jack Nicholson said it best as the Joker – “this town needs an enema!” Public officials who are monopolizing business owners, many that show up part time and get full time pay, excusing themselves from getting & $ for building permits like the rest of us, etc. etc. – all in bed with ea. other, all helping to pad ea. other’s pockets, always ready and avail for news pics, keeping their friends close and happy and their enemies from collecting retirement in 2 years. “The people to watch….” list printed in the local paper are the ones turning this county into a joke…just ask Panera, all the businesses at Town Center…Oops… and the criminals that are elated at their new defenseless prospects but as long as the rest of us living here can still afford to pay for the water that keeps the Belle Terre “Median Utopia” thriving and the empty houses mowed & once PC finds a way to put ticket $$ producing cameras on all residential streets to ticket us for not using turn signals to pull into our driveways – this community will band together and flush out the crap that’s running the show here.

  19. Jeannie says:

    How much does the PR cost? Why is it needed? So sorry for those fired. This is off to a very bad start and will probably just get worse over time.

  20. Disappointed says:

    It’s rather sad to see the way that Manfre is approaching his first days in office. It’s one thing to make necessary changes but it’s another thing entirely to pay back old grudges with a “reorganization” and bash the previous adminstration in an unprofessional and vindictive manner within 24 hours of taking office. Everybody should remember that the margin of votes was extremely small. Sheriff Fleming had the support of nearly half of the voters and Manfre is doing nothing but alienate those individuals. His actions are very likely not going to get him elected for a second term. His character has been displayed for the public to see in the past few days and during the slanderous campaign that he ran. Hopefully his tenure as Sheriff will be short lived. His only law enforcement experience was as Sheriff of Flagler County from 2001-2005. Experience as an assistant district attorney is not going to adequately prepare anybody to effectively manage a police force. Maybe he should try to spend some time in the field rather than behind a desk. Maybe then he will understand the decisions that Fleming made during his time as Sheriff. Also, if he had any character at all he would have been the person to carry out the firings and demotions. It’s all well and good to make a decision that will drastically change an individual’s life but he should have looked them in the eye when he did it. It’s good to see Don Fleming taking all of the personal and professional attacks on him in stride. He has more class than Manfre ever will.

  21. Mike says:

    blondee, the Sheriff Deputies are allowed to use their patrol vehicles for personal use within the county, and their pay is docked a certain amount every year to allow them to have this privilege. The Deputies also treat take home vehicles much better than pool cars because, it’s theirs. They have to sit in it every day, therefore they are going to take care of it.

  22. biker says:

    Wow. That didn’t take long. Lol .
    Manfre was fired by voters the last time ,let’s see how long it takes him to screw this one up. Maybe we will even get to see us sue ourselves again lol!! You fools!

  23. Hmm says:

    Smart decisions, still a few more to be made in my opinion….

  24. jim atkins says:

    As a local business owner I am really shocked at how manfre is clueless to the importance of good morale and unity in any organizational setting. He is not concerned with the morale of his employees? Is this guy serious? How is going to lead the sheriffs department……through fear and intimidation? His gun ho approach will undoubtedly result in lawsuits. As far as firing Steve Clair with whom many in this community have benefited from his devotion to serve in law enforcement, it makes no rational sense. Use his expertise and experience elsewhere in the department. But if you don’t care about the moral of your employees then I guess the only thing that matters is your own personal gain. Good luck with that sheriff Barney Fife

  25. flaglerdave says:

    Major Steve Clair got mis-treated big time. He has an OUTSTANDING record and is probably one of the most respected individuals in the FCSO. His pay scale reflected years of dedication and earned rank.
    Not a-wanna-be sheriff playing John Wayne with a gun,,,
    For what I understand he was promised a demotion from Manfre and then given the shaft from Manfre.
    Which stinks.
    There are state laws in effect to protect veteren deputys from kooks like Manfre, so I assuming Plummer and Clair will be taking legal actions against Manfre on taxpayers money.
    Ironically, the men whom spent years protecting and serving HAVE to now fight to protect themselves and their families !
    And in reply to “in the know ” -or is it ‘ know it all ” ? -what gives you the right to evaluate or judge these men ?? What is your background to say how terrible an experienced deputy is ? What have you done ?

    • thinkforyourself says:

      I’m beyond disappointed by Manfre for doing what he did to Claire! I personally went out of my with numerous naysayers who predicted that this would happen. That he would surround himself with a bunch of yes men/women. This is nothing but vindictive, political and down right mean and cruel. Way to go! Those rubbing your back Jim and supporting these decisions are doing so because they are scared shitless to loss their job as well. There is a difference between leading by fear and leading by respect and influence. You have violated the trust of your employees and started your term out in one of the most dysfunctional, disappointing ways and I WAS a fan. Disappointed by these actions and truly sorry for Clair and others who have been publicly embarrassed by these actions. I certainly hope that sense of satisfaction was worth it because in the long run it’s going to cost this taxpayer a hell of a lot of money!! Elected officials should be better than this. Shame on you Jim! Shame on you!

  26. whodat says:

    @FlaglerDave

    The difference between Civil Service and Right to work States. There is no lawsuit. Incoming Sheriff can dismiss with no explanation to reorganization (much like Governor, President). That being, they want their own people. I suppose, for support, less problems and backstabbing for new leader. Here in Florida some Sheriff’s require an “Oath” to the Sheriff be signed. You are agreeing to support the Sheriff for allowing him to feed you and the family. If the Sheriff finds out that you are supporting an outsider it can spell doom and glum for one’s career but not necessarily being fired but not being promoted and given unfavorable status. Your options: quit and find another agency, retire, or put up with the b/s.

  27. Haw Creek Girl says:

    There are laws in place that Sheriff Manfre apparently does not know about or chose to disregard to protect tenured deputies. Mr. Nowell, sharpen your pencil because you will soon, no doubt be defending your former law partner and his agency against a lawsuit from the wrongfully terminated men.

  28. RNYPD says:

    I hope the men that got fired were financially stable enough to withstand such a blow so late in life. I hope their children were grown and stable and their families healthy. I pray for them and thank them for their many, many years of service and dedication to this community.

  29. Outsider says:

    Yeah, I have to agree its bad form to hire the attorney you worked for as the attorney for the department. No cronyism here. Here we go again…..

  30. biker says:

    OK I understand why the SO needs a Public Information officer. But why the heck do they need a PR person. That seems to be a terrible waste of tax dollars.

  31. soccermom says:

    What was done to Major Steve Clair and Major Plummer was unprofessional and just plain cold hearted. These majors dedicated their life to their career that they love and a community that they enjoyed serving. Flagler County residents have lost two great law enforcement officers. Steve Clair is a well liked individual in the community who will be missed greatly. I think some people need to stop playing God and acting like they are almighty God. Stop with the political drama and start helping the community and not hurting them by firing and demoting great officers. These officers have families that need to be financially taking care off. I do not respect the sheriff’s bad decisions he has made. This will be the start to what is to come with non sense decisions being made. God help us all. We are going to need it.

  32. RNYPD says:

    @Haw Creek Girl

    …And what laws might that be???

    • Ray Thorne says:

      She may be referring to the Career Service bill chapter 112 Public officers and employees that states:

      “(5) RETALIATION FOR EXERCISING RIGHTS.—No law enforcement officer or correctional officer shall be discharged; disciplined; demoted; denied promotion, transfer, or reassignment; or otherwise discriminated against in regard to his or her employment or appointment, or be threatened with any such treatment, by reason of his or her exercise of the rights granted by this part.”

  33. Dorothea says:

    Every four years, the employees of the FCSO have made their chosen sheriff’s candidate known, often loudly at public forums and elsewhere. That is their right. They knew, or should have known, that if their chosen candidate did not win, their jobs were either at risk or that they would be subject to demotions. Now many are crying about it. Get over it. You made your bed, now sleep in it.

    Flagler’s Constitutional Officers have a long history of sweeping out the old guard. Who would want a high level administrative employee remaining in place to erode the new boss’s decisions? The FCSO command was clearly top heavy and the rank and file was out of control. Manfre had some tough decisions to make and he made them, as he clearly stated he would during his campaign. If the top ranking officers decided to support the loser, they did so at their own peril.

    • jim atkins says:

      Dorothea, this is not north Korea but the Unite States of America. And here citizens, whether in the public or private sector have the right to voice their opinions and support of an elected official or candidate without the fear of retaliation. What you are suggesting is that manfre has the right to punish any officer or support personnel who didn’t pledge their vote to him. So by that rationale all civil servants should remain quiet and not exercise their rights, which so many dedicated Americans fought for. Sounds a lot like what happened in Germany when Adolf Hitler gained control.

      • Dorothea says:

        @jim atkins

        Read what I wrote again. I never suggested that civil servants had no right to free speech, including law enforcement. FCSO employees have been exercising that right for years. You are confusing retaliation with the development of a lean, cohesive, efficient, and effective department. Being “Mr. Nice Guy” does not always make a good manager, especially if Mr. Nice Guy doesn’t like the man at the top.

  34. Clean it up says:

    O’Brien’s pay should be reduced since he is no longer 2nd in charge and Staley is. What is Staley being paid? Come on Jim, be fair and true to your word. When the reorganizing is over with provide us with what was to what is.

  35. Ray Thorne says:

    I don’t know what Obrien makes but he has been there a long time. I think I read in an article when he made Chief it was something like 29 years. I imagine his salary is good as it should be with that kind of time in. Also govt employee salaries are public information. Anyone can request it. I think the News Journal keeps a list on their website.

  36. garyseven says:

    Both Manfre and Fleming are a couple of carpet-baggers . Neither of these men care about anything beyond Palm Coast city limits. They both display contempt for the locals and rely on overwhelming support from Palm Coast residents to achieve their goals.

  37. bullgator2410 says:

    As if we don’t already have enough carpet baggers here. Send ‘em all to Melbourne with Martinez

  38. Another broken promise says:

    Im glad to see at least he has fullfilled this promise….. Oh wait, then again he hasn’t.

    “I may be making seven people unhappy, but I’ll be making 250 employees happy,” Manfre said, “and also fulfilling my promise that I made in the campaign to apply a business approach to this organization.” From the first day, the reorganization will eliminate seven supervisory positions and save $150,000, Manfre said, calling it “a small down-payment” on projected raises for line deputies down the road.

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