Fiala asks Collier commissioners to discuss Tober's contract, wants reviews done

Donna Fiala, Collier County commissioner.

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Donna Fiala, Collier County commissioner.

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The Collier County Commission meets beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the commission chambers at the county government complex, corner of Airport-Pulling Road and U.S. 41 East.

— Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala intends to ask commissioners Tuesday to review the contract for the county's EMS director and to require annual evaluations for him, which haven't been done.

Fiala said Monday she has no interest in terminating the contract of Dr. Robert Tober, the medical director for Collier Emergency Medical Services, nor letting it expire or putting it out to bid.

That's something Commissioner Tom Henning speculated would occur Tuesday, pointing out there was no documentation with details of what Fiala wants discussed Tuesday. The documents provided to commissioners were a copy of Tober's contract from September 2001 and two amendments.

One amendment is from 2008, when Tober reported to commissioners, and another is from 2009 for county government to pay his travel expenses.

"We haven't discussed his contract in years," Fiala said. "I'd like to add a clause that every year we get a chance to evaluate his job performance. We evaluate everyone else."

Fiala said she hasn't always agreed with some of Tober's actions but she's not dissatisfied with him.

"I think he has done a fine job," she said.

Tober has been the EMS medical director at least since 1996 when the county had an earlier contract with him.

He became a lightning rod of controversy in 2009 and 2010 when he accused firefighters of cheating on his paramedic exams. He also has been against consolidation, a contentious debate between EMS and fire departments that remains unresolved.

Tober said Monday he wouldn't attend today's commission meeting but his attorney would be there to answer any questions.

"I have no idea what she's up to," Tober said of Fiala.

His 2001 contract states his EMS salary is $50,000 and can increase 5 percent a year but Fiala said she has no idea what he makes now, nor what his associate medical director, Dr. Douglas Lee, makes.

Tober said he grosses $100,000 but from that salary he pays $24,000 to Lee. That's been the arrangement for two years. In addition, Tober said he didn't take the raise offered three or four years ago.

Henning said Monday he thought Fiala two weeks ago said she wanted to let Tober's contract expire. He said he wouldn't want to see that happen.

"I think the timing is not right," he said. "Until we know where we are going with EMS, not just short term but long term, I'm not sure it is worthy of discussion."

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Comments » 7

RayPray writes:

Could this be because Dr Tober has failed to propel the lunkhead son of JaxLab Junketeer Dumb Dora DNA Donna into that well-paying executive position mom feels he so deserves?

OldMarcoMan writes:

Ray hits the nail on the head, follow the money.

2themoon writes:

Fiala is useless unless you need her a ribbon cutting ceremony or a bake sale- lets vote her out.

Waterdog writes:

in response to 2themoon:

Fiala is useless unless you need her a ribbon cutting ceremony or a bake sale- lets vote her out.

Exactly, silly old lady should retire. Dr. Tober has done a great job with EMS and keeping the fire departments in line.

happy6 writes:

so long donna...

ajm3s writes:

A vote for Fiala is a vote for mediocrity and a continuance of the old boy network with a woman's touch.

blogsmog writes:

in response to ajm3s:

A vote for Fiala is a vote for mediocrity and a continuance of the old boy network with a woman's touch.


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