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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

MINUTES FROM JANUARY 10TH, 2006
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
(PENDING APPROVAL)

Commissioner Schweers opened the meeting at 6:03 p.m.
Silent Prayer
Pledge of Allegiance

ROLL CALL

Commissioner Levy, Commissioner Sassano, Commissioner Schweers, Commissioner Morris and Commissioner Akins, all presented and accounted for.

PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS

No public comments were made.

ITEMS TO BE PULLED FOR DISCUSSION

No items to be pulled for discussion.

CONSENT AGENDA

Commissioner Levy made a motion to approve Consent Agenda items 1, 2, & 3 as is. Commissioner Sassano seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

ADMINISTRATIVE AGENDA

WALK ON ITEMS

PUBLIC COMMENTS

No public comments were made.

COMMISSIONER ITEMS

Commissioner Morris expressed his concerns over the sequence of events leading up to the resignation of former Fire Chief Dennis Merrifield and a possible violation of the Sunshine Law. General Counsel Charles Schoech explained the timeline and the sequence of events and stated that to the best of his knowledge there was no violation of the Sunshine Law. Commissioner Morris still expressed his concerns over the process and the legality of the agreement and the cause for the resignation.

Commissioner Sassano presented the question of the process for a new full-time, permanent, fire chief. Commissioner Akins also questioned what the process should be and asked for advice from counsel. It was suggested by counsel that the board should review the job description of fire chief and prepare a contract/agreement to give to applicants before the hiring/interview process, which would be in the best interest of the board. Counsel also stated that legally there is no obligation to advertise the position especially if the board feels they have viable candidates from within EFR. The board asked to be provided with the job description of the fire chief. Commissioner Morris made a motion to retain Jeff Lindsey in the Interim Fire Chief position with an evaluation period not to exceed 6 months, and at that time a decision would be made by the board to offer the permanent position to Jeff Lindsey or to advertise the position and begin a search process. Commissioner Akins requested counsel to prepare a draft agreement/contract and defer this decision to next month. Counsel requested to have some individual discussions with each of the commissioners to get their input and suggestions regarding the agreement. In light of the discussion, Commissioner Morris withdrew his motion at this time.

INTERIM FIRE CHIEF REPORT

Commissioner Levy made a motion to adjourn, Commissioner Sassano seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

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GAYLE M. SASSANO, Secretary