RIVIERA BEACH GROUP GETS SIG­NA­TURES IN RE­CALL PUSH

Sig­na­tures gath­ered in quest to oust trio who fired man­ager.

The Palm Beach Post - - LOCAL & BUSINESS - By Tony Doris Palm Beach Post Staff Writer tdoris@pbpost.com Twit­ter: @TonyDorisPBP

RIVIERA BEACH — A cit­i­zens group seek­ing to oust three City Coun­cil mem­bers who fired a pop­u­lar city man­ager said it would sub­mit more than 8,000 sig­na­tures to the city clerk by this morn­ing, sev­eral hun­dred more than re­quired to force the re­call elec­tion.

Amon Yis­rael, one of the lead­ers of the re­call drive, said Mon­day he was mak­ing copies of the signed pe­ti­tions and would de­liver the orig­i­nals to the clerk as early as Mon­day af­ter­noon. Af­ter that, the Palm Beach County su­per­vi­sor of elec­tions will vet them and sched­ule an elec­tion.

“We’re go­ing to be push­ing for that date to be as soon as pos­si­ble,” he said.

Yis­rael es­ti­mated 3,000 sig­na­tures were col­lected to re­call Coun­cil­man Ter­ence Davis, who made the mo­tion Sept. 20 to fire City Man­ager Jonathan Evans. About 2,800 sig­na­tures each were col­lected to re­call Coun­cil­women Lynne Hub­bard and Dawn Pardo, who joined Davis in the 3-2 vote against Evans.

Evans was on the job six months when the three voted with­out dis­cus­sion to fire him. They never spec­i­fied their rea­sons, other than al­leged “mis­fea­sance.”

Evans had been brought in to re­place the pre­vi­ous man­ager, whom they also fired.

The city gov­ern­ment has re­mained in dis­ar­ray, with sev­eral high-level po­si­tions un­filled and with the former deputy fi­nance di­rec­tor at the helm on an in­terim ba­sis.

A few months be­fore the coun­cil fired Evans, the as­sis­tant city man­ager who’d been passed up for the man­ager job re­signed. The hu­man re­sources di­rec­tor gave no­tice in Oc­to­ber. The in­ter­nal au­di­tor re­signed. The city has no as­sis­tant hu­man re­sources di­rec­tor, pur­chas­ing di­rec­tor, IT di­rec­tor or build­ing ser­vices di­rec­tor.

The po­lice chief, re­cently the sub­ject of a 67-3 vote of no con­fi­dence by the county Pa­trol­men’s Benev­o­lent As­so­ci­a­tion, is sched­uled to re­tire near the end of the year. The public works di­rec­tor has been on leave for months, pend­ing an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion, while re­ceiv­ing full pay.

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