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Tallahassee City Manager finds community support

Despite criticism from Tallahassee commissioner
Posted at 5:46 AM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 05:46:05-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Commission Chambers were full as community members and city staff show their support for City Manager Reese Goad on Monday.

Goad says he is encouraged by those who came out and stuck up for him.

"I will tell you I was quite encouraged that there was a strong show of that collaboration and that work that sits between the city employees and our community," said Reese Goad, Tallahassee City Manager

Despite the low-scoring performance evaluation from Commissioner Matlow, Goad says he's proud of the work he's doing. He says the city made progress last year and he wants to focus on moving Tallahassee forward.

But it's Goad's connections to the past that have Matlow concerned. The decision to hire Goad was started by former commissioner Scott Maddox. That was before Maddox was removed from office amid a corruption investigation.

"I'm strong on my position you know this is not the individual who should be running our city and we'll continue to have the conversation," said Commissioner Jeremy Matlow.

On Monday, Matlow calling once again for the resignation of the City Manager.

Matlow says he reached out to Goad prior to posting comments on Twitter...

"I made multiple attempts to meet with the city manager the week prior, he took some personal time," said Commissioner Matlow.

Despite the public way the situation was handled, Goad says he will remain professional and looks forward to having a conversation with Matlow.

"In the case of Commissioner Matlow I look forward to working with him and hearing his concerns and working through those issues but most importantly I remain committed to be focused for our community," said Goad.

All other commissioners made statements at the ethics meeting, supporting Reese Goad and his leadership in the City Manager role.