BOCC urged to set new tone for 2014

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 09:51 AM.

“If true, that is totally unacceptable,” Lerch said.

The board’s actions, Lerch said, reflected poorly on all commissioners and fed a negative perception of the BOCC.

“The image portrayed during these meetings casts demeaning and negative qualities on the entire county,” Lerch said, adding she did not believe commissioners “intend that nor want to portray” those qualities.

She also questioned the potential impact on economic development, suggesting that new businesses seeking to relocate to the county might have second thoughts when provided a taste of county government.

“We do not find this behavior acceptable nor do we, as citizens of the county, want this behavior to represent us to the wide audience …,” Lerch said. “We want this behavior to stop.”

She added that respect for the BOCC must be restored just as respect among individual commissioners and respect for all citizens must be restored and only the BOCC “can do this.”

“As county commissioners you have it in your power to perfect a code of conduct that we all can be proud of,” Lerch said. “We have just entered the new year – please view this as an opportunity for a fresh start and an opportunity to change the negative perceptions held regarding the Gulf County Commission.”

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