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Lake Helen leaders: Administrator running off employees
Mayor threatens to quit if situation isn’t resolved
By Jen Horton
posted Mar 3, 2014 - 10:46:51am
Sparks are flying in Lake Helen, after the second key city employee resigned within a six-month span.
At two special meetings Feb. 24 and Feb. 27, Lake Helen city commissioners said the problem is City Administrator K.C. Cichon’s inability to communicate well with other members of city staff. The mayor threatened to quit his job if Cichon didn’t fix things, and the City Commission asked Cichon on to come up with a plan for correcting his problem.
Commissioner Rick Basso closed the Feb. 27 meeting by telling the Cichon he'd better put together an action plan, a good one, by the next meeting March 6, or the City Commission would ask for his resignation.
After a series of meetings and mediations involving Mayor Buddy Snowden, Cichon and City Attorney Lonnie Groot, Groot resigned his job Feb. 17.
"I reflected in the meeting Lonnie, K.C. and I had, that if we continue in the direction that we are in today, this mayor will not sit in this seat," Snowden said. "Because I will not continue to be a figurehead in this city if we're going to launch this path and stay on it."
Groot’s departure follows that of City Clerk Nancy Wilson, who quit in October, and was recently offered the clerk position in the Town of Pierson.
City commissioners didn’t mince words at their two special meetings. They said Cichon’s actions were costing the city good people, and causing embarrassment for Lake Helen.
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