This time around, any references to Septic Tank Replacement Programs, asbestos scattering and dissident citizens were purely tongue-in-cheek.
Hilariously so for the 150 or so people who gathered at a Wednesday luncheon at Hideaway Beach on Marco Island to say farewell to city manager Bill Moss.
One by one, an array of speakers first weighed in with light touches, and then praised the work Moss has done as Marco Island’s first and only city manager.
Jim Curran, billed as a “resident-at-large” on the program — but who actually is a prolific island volunteer and well-known personality — had the gathering in stitches when he referred to “Sewergate” and “Asbestosgate” before his punchline: “But enough of the good times...”
Curran raised even more laughs when he called Moss to the podium to present him with a “Golden Commode.”
On a serious note, original councilman David Brandt praised Moss’s work in putting the city’s first budget together, and being instrumental in the city acquiring its own water plant.
Former council chair Vicki Kelber spoke of Moss’ assertive leadership during Hurricane Wilma in 2005, while in interviews with the Marco Eagle, a visibly emotional Lisa Douglass — the city’s Public Information Officer — said his staff are happy for his career move to Naples, but sad to see him depart.
Douglass said Moss had set the framework for his successor(s).
“I think the challenge now is for the community to pull together,” Douglass said.
Councilor Terri DiSciullo said Moss had helped her become a better public officer, and that he was always open about current issues.
“Many people might perceive that he makes the decisions, but he gives us (the council) to tools to do that,” she said. “We make the decisions.”
BILL MOSS NAMED NAPLES CITY MANAGER
- POLL: How do you feel about Bill Moss getting the Naples city manager job?
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- RESUME: Daniel W. Fitzpatrick 1.1MB .pdf file
- RESUME: Wm. G. Hinchey 1.1MB .pdf file
- RESUME: A. William Moss 1.1MB .pdf file
- RESUME: Hector A. Rivera, Sr. 1.1MB .pdf file
- RESUME: Patrick G. Salerno 1.1MB .pdf file
- RESUME: Linda Lovvorn Tucker 1.1MB .pdf file
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