Naples city manager gets protection after ex-worker vows to ‘shoot Moss in head’

 Bill Moss

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Bill Moss

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 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.

Naples Police Chief Thomas Weschler

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Naples Police Chief Thomas Weschler

“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.

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RayPray writes:

Just love the above pix!

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

That's his Happy Pose!

RayPray writes:

in response to Ocram:

That's his Happy Pose!

Used to see him a lot in the gym. He was in great shape but always had that 'lean and hungry look' of Cassius....

"He thinks too much; such men are dangerous."

Rony Joel was also in great shape. He would often be the only guy doing step aerobics class at 6 am with the ladies....

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

My feeling is that I would have to "watch my back" and other body parts whenever he was around.

Lafarge writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

So bids our local horrible person.

ajm3s writes:

"Naples City Manager Bill Moss is seeking a protective order against a former city employee who police reports say threatened his life."

"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 he believed he was the only city employee being threatened."

Maybe its me, but I think the city of Naples employees and citizens may need a restraining order against Mr. Moss. If history matters, at least the citizens of Marco Island can offer testimony.

And please do not tell me Mr. Joel will be offered the opening now available. Is this the setup for a Moss-orchestrated opening.

August8 writes:

More to this story than meets the "eye"

Lafarge writes:

Heaven should help those who stand in his way.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

"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.”

Come on folks, how many times are people given the option of "resigning" rather than having the blot of being fired on their resume? That could be for a multitude of reasons and that is why letters of recommendation from most recent employers are at many times not worth the paper they are written on.

captnjimbo writes:

Ocram...there is wisdom in your words.

August8 writes:

Yes there is !!

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

in response to islandeye1_235971:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Be careful August8 islandeye1_2354971 is Marianne Herzili, aka Klabautermann and not the original Islandeye. Don't get caught up in his Troll web.

happyhorowitz34145 writes:

in response to ajm3s:

"Naples City Manager Bill Moss is seeking a protective order against a former city employee who police reports say threatened his life."

"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 he believed he was the only city employee being threatened."

Maybe its me, but I think the city of Naples employees and citizens may need a restraining order against Mr. Moss. If history matters, at least the citizens of Marco Island can offer testimony.

And please do not tell me Mr. Joel will be offered the opening now available. Is this the setup for a Moss-orchestrated opening.

Rony Joel will not be hired by Moss, instead Moss will hire Olmstead,or would we be lucky enough if Moss surprised everyone with an annoucement that the esteemed city manager of Marco, is his choice.

RayPray writes:

"...or would we be lucky enough if Moss surprised everyone with an annoucement that the esteemed city manager of Marco, is his choice."

>>> Hard to overlook anyone with academic credentials that include a Hawaiian surfboard PhD....

happyhorowitz34145 writes:

in response to RayPray:

"...or would we be lucky enough if Moss surprised everyone with an annoucement that the esteemed city manager of Marco, is his choice."

>>> Hard to overlook anyone with academic credentials that include a Hawaiian surfboard PhD....

Just a reminder, Mr Wallace is or was one of the football coaches on Marco.

happy34145 writes:

We warned you Naples, Moss is NG!

August8 writes:

Islandeye---
Stand by and more will surface, believe me, it won't end here.
Did you get my apology?????

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