MARCO ISLAND — "If Steve Thompson quits this afternoon and Dana Souza (former interim City Manager and recently resigned Parks and Recreation Director) comes in here I will not vote for Souza. I want to remove that as a rouse..." Vice Chairman Frank Recker commenting on his lack of personal or political motive in his position to consider removing City Manager Steve Thompson during his six month performance review.
"I wonder how long a 'we love Dana' sign would last. There's no place for this in government," Vice Chairman Frank Recker on the poster signed by City Hall employees saying they loved Steve Thompson. The poster was put up following a meeting in which Recker was critical of Thompson's management style and handling of accusations of questionable financial practices.
"None of this is personal. (Thompson) is doing his job as he thinks it should be done and I'm doing my job." Recker on his lack of confidence in City Manager Steve Thompson's effectiveness after six months on the job.
"There are three sides to every story. Yours, mine and the truth. You never got the City Manager's side. I've lost my confidence in you Mr. Recker... It's not personal, right." Resident Sal Sciarrino.
"For crying out loud folks, the guy (Thompson) has done nothing wrong." Councilman Rob Popoff following votes of little confidence in the City Manager from Councilmen Jerry Gibson, Chuck Kiester and Recker.
"I try not to criticize pervious city managers." City Manager Steve Thompson following several questions about issues that occurred before his time.
"Oh go ahead," Councilman Ted Forcht responds.
"Some of us on council think (Thompson) is a revelation." Forcht on the improved management over previous experiences.
"I'm a little disappointed (the transition report) didn't come to us from the person (Dana Souza) who prepared it. It seems like a person walked out of the room leaving a hand grenade." Wayne Waldack on his disappointment that Dana Souza did not share the transition report and his concerns about staff deceiving council when he was serving as the interim city manager.
"There will come a time in this man's career where he will make a good city manager someday. I asked would you mentor him. You (Steve Thompson) said yes... If this is your idea of mentoring, please don't ever mentor me. I feel like you not only finished painting that bullseye (on Souza's back), but you might have been the one to put in the first knife." Gibson regarding his belief that Thompson drove Souza away from the city.
"We've had at least two and a half years of turmoil. Must we start it all over again?" Resident Dick Shannahan pleading council not remove Thompson causing the city to suffer through changing four city managers in the last year.
"We deserve to know these things. We can take it. We don't need to be handled." Resident Karen Glaub thanking Councilmen Kiester and Recker for talking openly about the transition report and problems in city government.
"We can bring everything to the citizens, but what you're going to get are a lot of misinterpretations." Councilman Rob Popoff.