Friday, November 17, 2017

Open Letter To The North Bay Village and Administration

November 17, 2017

To:  All North Bay Village Commissioners, Village Manager Frank Rollason

Subject:  Request for a Special Meeting

The vote taken on Tuesday, November 14, to fire Village Attorney Robert Switkes has had a chilling effect on the residents and citizens of North Bay Village.   The Attorney is one of three positions to report directly to the Commission as the attorney is critical to ensure the Village runs correctly and smoothly.  

That this decision was made without public notice or any discussion from the dais undermines the very confidence in the Village government and its transparency that was spoken of by resident Laura Hughes Cattabriga during Good & Welfare and risks the Village's credit rating as presented that same evening.   

Further, the revelations that Mayor Kreps and the wife of Commissioner Alvarez are persons of interest in the ongoing FDLE and FBI investigations regarding the extortion attempts of another commissioner deepens the dark cloud of suspicion hanging over our municipal government.   

Therefore, I am requesting that under Section 30.03 that either our village manager, or two of the commissioners, call a special meeting to reconsider the precipitous and dangerous action taken on Tuesday night.   

I offer no defense of Mr. Switkes as I claim no special knowledge of his competency or abilities.  That is for the commission to decide in open and frank discussions.   But I make this demand as a citizen of North Bay Village who is entitled to see the light of the reasoning in this dark cloud of suspicious obfuscation.  

I am publishing this message publicly and expect a favorable response and a date for the meeting by close of business, today, Friday, November 17, 2017.   

Kevin Vericker
November 17, 2017

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