The petition seeking a protective order, filed in the Collier court system, states that Ron Wallace called the city’s Human Resources department on May 27 and June 6.
Records say Wallace became verbally abusive and made threats against City Manager Bill Moss during those phone calls.
NAPLES — Naples City Manager Bill Moss is seeking a protective order against a former city employee who police reports say threatened his life.
Moss was awarded a temporary restraining order earlier this week against former city Streets and Stormwater Director Ron Wallace.
The request for a protective order comes after a Naples police report states Wallace contacted City Hall staff members and, at least twice, threatened to “shoot Bill Moss in the head if he owned a gun.”
A Naples police report says the threats occurred in May and June. Those, paired with a June 8 incident at Wallace’s Marco Island home, led to an increased police presence at Naples City Hall during the week of June 13, before Moss went on vacation.
Wallace submitted his letter of resignation on April 11 after nearly 17 years with the city. He was on personal leave at the time, and emails obtained by the Daily News through a public records request show he was expected to return to work on April 18.
Wallace couldn’t be reached for comment despite multiple attempts.
The petition seeking a protective order, filed in the Collier court system, states that Wallace called the city’s Human Resources department on May 27 and June 6. Records say Wallace became verbally abusive and made threats against Moss during those phone calls.
Moss, however, said Friday he never personally received a threatening phone call from Wallace.
Two days after the second call was reported, Marco Island police reports show Wallace was taken into protective custody after police responded to his home because neighbors said they heard a “gun shot emanate from the residence.”
Naples police Chief Tom Weschler said the Marco Island incident, paired with the threats to Moss, created a serious situation that warranted increased security at City Hall.
“We realized it was serious,” Weschler said. “Since council was in session (that week) we thought it would be a good time to do it.”
While workers weren’t informed of the reason for more police at City Hall last month, Weschler said they have been made aware of the situation now.
Wallace was hired in November 1994 and his personnel file shows he received top marks every year he was employed by the city.
Moss said Wallace met or exceeded expectations on Wallace’s most recent evaluation and said the “overall department performance is excellent under Wallace’s leadership.”
According to a June 8 Marco Island police report, Wallace said he was fired from his position. But his personnel file tells a different story. Wallace said in his April 11 letter of resignation that “the reasons for my resignation are many, and they are best summarized by stating I wish to pursue other opportunities available to me.”
Moss said Friday that Wallace wasn’t forced to resign, and he was “somewhat surprised” Wallace decided to leave.
A Naples police report suggests Wallace’s personal time away “stemmed from disciplinary action involving Wallace’s behavior.” But Moss said that wasn’t the case. There was no disciplinary action taken, and Moss said he suggested Wallace take a longer than planned vacation “because of the amount of personal leave available to him.”
Wallace’s personnel file shows that while he was continuing to receive high marks from city officials, he also may have been going through a rough patch personally.
Moss said Wallace’s most recent review noted that Wallace’s “tolerance to stress, perhaps as the result of issues outside the workplace, have been observed.”
Moss said he believed he was the only city employee being threatened.
Weschler said “there are security measures in place” now at City Hall to protect employees, but he declined to comment on what those measures are.