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New leadership needed at the top, Nabicht says
By Pat Andrews
posted Feb 6, 2013 - 4:41:47pm
Deltona City Commissioner Chris Nabicht said it was he who suggested Deltona City Manager Faith Miller resign.
"I talked to her on Friday," Nabicht said, "and some things weren't clicking."
Miller's sudden resignation was announced by Deltona Mayor John Masiarczyk at the City Commission meeting Monday, Feb. 4. Read the full story of the meeting in Beacon Extra, inside today's edition.
Nabicht said he doesn't believe Miller could have changed her leadership style, and the city, poised to make many changes for the better, needs a city manager who can provide that leadership.
"We're going to have to have a city manager who is a leader and a visionary," he said.
Miller, Nabicht said, was led by her staff. She also provided little assistance or guidance to city commissioners, he said.
Deltona needs a manager who can establish good working relationships with county officials and other governmental leaders, especially in light of an Interstate 4 expansion coming through the city, Saxon Boulevard being widened, and SunRail on tap.
There will be a lot of transportation issues coming up, and Deltona will need someone who can work with other jurisdictions on those projects, Nabicht said.
Nabicht said he thinks the city needs someone new — a better communicator — on board.
Nabicht said when he spoke with Miller Feb. 1, she responded that she wasn't resigning, and accused him of "political payback."
Nabicht said he wasn't sure if Miller was referring to his job as deputy fire chief being eliminated in 2011 under her tenure, or current contract negotiations between the city and its firefighters.
Nabicht said the city had been using outside legal counsel that billed the city at $275 an hour. At Nabicht's suggestion, use of that firm was put under the jurisdiction of the city attorney. Miller wasn't happy about that, he said.
Nabicht said the city attorney is on contract and can answer most questions, eliminating expensive calls to the outside firm from Miller and other staff members.
On Friday, Nabicht said, he suggested Miller take the weekend to consider whether to resign, talk to other commissioners, and then make the decision.
He told her if she didn't quit, he was planning to move during the Feb. 4 City Commission meeting that she be fired.
Nabicht called her departure "relatively bloodless." Miller has no black mark on her record, a generous severance package and a year's health insurance.
Read what happened at the Feb. 4 City Commission meeting in Al Everson's story, Deltona city manager exits.
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