We’ve discussed his high salary and benefits here and here, and we’ve finally found another city that wants him. John Clark is headed to Indianapolis. Apparently, being the highest paid airport executive in Florida and Georgia wasn’t quite enough. Let’s hope JAA’s Board can negotiate a more reasonable salary and benefits package for the next Executive Director.
He can now travel to Hong Kong on someone else’s dime.
Filed under: Jacksonville, JAA, Jacksonville International Airport, JIA, John Clark
December 24, 2008 • 10:05 am
Although a recent Council Auditor report reveals an $11 million dollar surplus, the Council Auditor’s closer look at City finances reveals the surplus is because many city departments are actually losing money by $11.7 million. Most notably, Jacksonville Municipal Stadium has been operating at a $1 million deficit; the city’s building inspection program lost about $1.3 million overall; and, the city’s IT department is losing about $6.3 million. (Rhetorical question to Kevin Holzendorf: How do you lose $6.3 million in the computer department?)
The mayor’s office said it is watching closely but actually believe the city is doing well considering the economic climate.
Mayor John Petyon told Channel 4 that city leaders know rough times are ahead. He did not talk about layoff, but the possibility looms. Also, there will be scheduled increases in new fee that could help the situation.
“I think 2009 is going to be a challenging year, economically. I am not so sure we have hit the bottom yet. Certainly businesses are challenged, families are challenged, government is challenged and this government is challenged quite frankly. All of us are going to have to make decisions on priorities,” Peyton said.
Let’s take a closer look at what was revealed in the Council Auditor’s report about the City and its independent agencies. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: Jacksonville, Jacksonville City Council, Mayor of Jacksonville, City of Jacksonville, Council Auditor Kirk Sherman, JAA, JEA, JPA, JTA, Kevin Holzendorf, Mayor John Peyton, WSEA
December 18, 2008 • 9:27 pm
WOW! JAA folks invite City Council members to two parties in one week.
The first one was their annual holiday fish fry this past Tuesday.
And then there’s the rockem sockem tailgate party at the Jags/Colts game co-hosted by Michael Stewart tonight that we reported on earlier.
Big salaries and bonuses to go along with lots of parties. Where do we sign up?!?
As long as we don’t have to be a JAA police officer, that is.
From: Donald Green
To: ron weaver; mary burnett; jim mccollum; jack demetree; deborah pass; cyrus jollivette; chester aikens
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; senator wise <firstname.lastname@example.org>; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; Susan Stewart; Carla Miller; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2008 11:21:09 AM
Are each of you aware that john clark has intentions to retaliate against jaa police officers by cutting police positions even though his own chief of police has told each officer that he believes it could cause safety issues not only within the flying public and other officers but to national safety each of you have said safety first and just thought i should make you aware of what is going on.
Filed under: Jacksonville, Jacksonville City Council, Mayor of Jacksonville, JAA, John Clark, Michael Stewart