Dear Commissioner Hiller,
It has been accurately documented by the EDC and county staff that you have falsely made more than 15 public statements as “fact” regarding Arthrex’s submission for Collier County expansion incentive qualification. You have attempted to discredit Arthrex, its employees and business interests and dissuade Arthrex from investing in and expanding our Collier County facilities to build essential working space for an estimated 600 critically needed new high-wage, high-tech, non-seasonal jobs for the citizens of Southwest Florida.
This is in addition to the 25 validated false statements you included in your controversial Naples Daily News guest commentary of June 8.
You have ceased all direct communication with me and Arthrex management for the past three months and became disinterested in learning the facts about Arthrex’s expansion after Commissioner (Jim) Coletta and county staff reached out to meet with us to offer their expansion assistance in January, 2011. An attempted meeting with you at your North Collier County office to bring you up to speed and answer any questions about the proposed Ave Maria expansion resulted in a hostile attack on the Arthrex personnel, the EDC and the county staff present at the time.
Commissioner Hiller, your obsessive attempts to defeat Commissioner Coletta’s re-election in District 5 by undermining Arthrex’s expansion application to his district in Ave Maria and thereby sacrificing hundreds of needed jobs for our community’s residents is inexcusable. As further evidence, you responded with disrespect and hostility when it was first proposed to you that Arthrex might expand in Collier County in an effort to bring a divided community together for real and positive economic diversification by Arthrex, because this effort would benefit Commissioner Coletta in his reelection campaign and you would suffer for years on the board as a result. Additionally, you stated in a meeting of community activists held on Jan. 28, 2011, “that Arthrex should expand in Lee County instead of Collier County” over the expressed objections of some of those in attendance who strongly believed in the need for the proposed Collier County expansion.
These witnessed and documented facts have more than disqualified you as a trustworthy representative of your constituents in District 2, which includes Arthrex and its more than 1,000 employees and their families. It is quite clear you are willing to sacrifice the best interests of your constituents in the pursuit of your personal political agenda.
Commissioner Hiller, please begin professionally representing the best interests and employment needs of the citizens of Collier County or resign immediately from the Board of County Commissioners before you cause further irreparable harm to our community.
— Reinhold Schmieding
Founder and president, Arthrex