Smiley confronts PSJ commissioners on redundancies

Published: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 09:33 AM.

County Commissioner Tan Smiley said Tuesday that he had run in 2010 on a pledge to pursue consolidation between the city of Port St. Joe and the county of what he believed were redundant departments.

He told Port St. Joe commissioners during their regular bi-monthly meeting that he was resuming that call.

Echoing comments he made last week during a Board of County Commissioners meeting, Smiley said, after spending 15 minutes discussing other issues, that it was time for city and county officials to seriously analyze consolidating functions such as law enforcement and the building department.

He said the police and building departments were two of seven departments that could be consolidated to save taxpayers money.

“If we can stop money going out that is less we have to take in,” Smiley said. “I wish you guys would sit down and look seriously at consolidation. This is something we need to look into.”

Those comments came after a lengthy monologue in which Smiley, alternately speaking as a citizen and a commissioner, expressed frustration with the inability to perform work in his district, primarily comprised of the city limits, compared to work being done in another district.

Smiley specifically came with photos and a presentation about housing being constructed and rehabbed in other districts, from White City to Wewahitchka and Oak Grove.

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