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Tallahassee city commissioner publicly posts evaluation of city manager

Posted at 5:15 PM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 05:51:39-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — All eyes are on Tallahassee City Hall after Commissioner Jeremy Matlow called out the City Manager in a very public way.

Matlow posted his evaluation of Reese Goad's job performance on Twitter.

Jeremy Matlow gave City Manager Goad a performance evaluation of 1.4 out of 5.

Matlow, saying in part "I believe we cannot restore the public's trust under the current city manager."

We have copies of Goad's performance evaluations from all the other city commissioners as well. No one else gave him less than a 4.3.

Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey says he's disappointed in the public way this situation was handled.

"This is not how we conduct business in Tallahassee especially personnel issues. Look, as a manager at the highest level if their are issues that you think should be addressed they should be addressed throughout the course of the year," said Dailey. "If there were issues of concern that took place in the previous commission, on day one that you get elected that's the appropriate time to discuss it. Not 10 months later during an annual evaluation and one that was sent public without the opportunity to have a face to face with the manager first and foremost."

"When you look at everything that's happened and how that position got hired," said Matlow. "When you look at the investigation of the football tickets and everything that's gone wrong with the indictments and criminal inquiries. We just need somebody that's above reproach."

In his evaluation, Matlow characterizes Goad's leadership as "opaque, closed and political."

Matlow said he believes people are demanding a clean slate of leadership in City Hall not connected to the past.

We have reached out to City Manager Goad for a statement. He's had a busy schedule, so we're still working to get his response.