In what can only be described as spitting in the face of Palmetto Bay Council members and our new Village Attorney, Dexter Lehtinen, Village Manager Ron Williams met with individuals from Palmer Trinity to discuss concerns involved with the now seven-plus month old settlement agreement.
That in itself wouldn’t be an issue if the Council and the new Village Attorney were made aware that Mr. Williams invited Ex-Village Attorney Eve Boutsis to attend the meeting last Tuesday. Yes, this is the same Village Attorney who was terminated by the Village Council last year. I have no issues with Ms. Boutsis but there is zip, zero, zilch justification for her to attend a meeting with Palmer Trinity because she no longer represents the interests of the Village in any legal capacity. What could she possibly be doing there?
If I were Village Attorney Lehtinen, I would be outraged and demand an explanation from the Village Manager for his actions.
Once again, Ron Williams continues to act as if he answers to no one. His current behavior, along with other past events should not be defined as anything other than insubordination.
I may not approve of all the decisions Council members make, but I realize they were elected to represent Palmetto Bay constituents.
Village Manager Ron Williams, though, is a hired hand whose primary job responsibility is to follow direction provided by the Council and serve the needs of the residents of Palmetto Bay as defined by the Council. He serves at the pleasure of the Council subject only to his employment contract and the Village Charter. It’s not in his job description to go rogue on a personal whim. He does not have that latitude.
No matter how the Village Manager tries to spin it there was “NO” excuse for bringing Ms. Boutsis to a Palmer Trinity meeting without the Council’s approval and Village Attorney Lehtinen’s knowledge. As for Palmer representatives, I was told they were under the impression that Ms. Boutsis was there with Village Attorney Lehtinen’s blessing.
Of interest, is the fact that Darby Delsalle, Department of Planning and Zoning Director, who has been sitting on Palmer Trinity’s site plans for the last couple of months was not in attendance. Shouldn’t he have been in attendance since completion of the Palmer litigation is based on approval of Palmer’s site plans?
Ron William’s conduct in what should be construed as ongoing litigation is one more reason to terminate the Village Manager.
If the cities of Coral Gables and Doral can part ways with their City Managers why is it so difficult for the Village of Palmetto Bay to follow suit? Does the Council really feel Ron Williams has done such a great job in his position that they are willing to retain him after he has proven time and time again to be a liability to the Village?
It’s come to the point that any Council Member who doesn’t call for Ron Williams termination does not deserve to be elected this coming November. This includes my friend Patrick Fiore who is running for Mayor. Being a Mayor is not always pleasant and tough decisions are required. It’s time for Patrick to step up and prove he’s able to fulfill this commitment and responsibility by voting to terminate the Village Manager.
SDM Note: We have no idea if Mr. Lehtinen knew about this meeting. Nonetheless, it is shocking that he did not go to this meeting along with the former village attorney. We definitely need some new eyes looking at this tragi-comedy. And, why is it taking so long to bring this matter to a close?