Tallahassee Firefighters to host Community Town Hall Thursday with Commissioner Bill Proctor

Proctor will be joined by President of the Tallahassee Professional Firefighters Joey Davis. The two will talk with members of the public and firefighters about the current state of the firefighters impasse.

Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor is hosting a community town hall this Thursday from 6-8 PM at the Northeast Library. The event will discuss the ongoing negotiations affecting local firefighters’ working conditions and compensation. Amid escalating tensions between the City of Tallahassee and its firefighters, Proctor hopes the event will inform the public and provide an opportunity for people to voice their feelings on contract talks.

Proctor will appear alongside Joey Davis, President of the Tallahassee Professional Firefighters. The two will meet with the public and firefighters to discuss the current impasse. This gathering follows a chain of public resignations from seasoned firefighters. Three fighters resigned over the weekend, who voiced their concerns over city management and compensation.

An event flyer for Thursday’s event featuring Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor and Tallahassee Professional Firefighter President Joey Davis.
An event flyer for Thursday’s event featuring Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor and Tallahassee Professional Firefighter President Joey Davis.

The town hall, entitled “The City v. Firefighter Dilemma: Where Do We Go From Here?” is scheduled for this Thursday, March 21st, from 6 to 8 PM. It will be held at the Northeast Library at 5513 Thomasville Road.

Town Hall Comes as Negotiations Impasse

Earlier this month, Proctor held a recent press conference where he put forth a proposal to mediate as a neutral party in the ongoing dispute. Mayor John Dailey declined Proctor’s offer. The same day, Dailey then sent a letter of his own to Proctor. Dailey stated “based on your comments regarding fire service in unincorporated areas of Leon County, it may be time to reevaluate the City’s delivery of fire service to Non-City residents of Leon County.”
“I understand and respect the desire of the County to provide its own fire service to its residents,” Dailey said. “I asked the City Commission to serve as the negotiator to expedite settling the firefighters’ contracts with the city. The mayor’s response told the county explore building a fire department,” Proctor said. “Making threats towards the county does not secure an agreement for TFD firefighters.”

The Tallahassee Professional Firefighter contract is already at impasse. The upcoming town hall hopes to provide an opportunity for people from the community to learn more about the issue.

In a recent Facebook post, the Tallahassee Professional Firefighters invited the public, “Your firefighters will be there to answer questions, give information, and have discussion about how our community can move forward and address this issue together. You are invited to join in!”

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One Response

  1. Mayor Dailey and City Manager Reese Goad are too busy working out deals with developers who siphon “bundled contributions” into the tax and spend threes campaigns. Not putting the Firefighters first is unconscionable.

    The deals that the mayor and city manager work out with developers takes an even darker side when they are allowing developers to forego paying concurrency fees. These developers need to pay their fair share to compensate for the road work and redesigns of sewer lines to withstand the new development capacities. The amount of money that the developers should be paying is massive, yet, the developers (Ghazvini) open multiple upon multiple corporations and the money that should be going to roads and sewer improvements are going to the Mayor Dailey, Dianne Williams-Cox, and Curtis Richardson political campaigns through these multiple corporations known as bundled contributions.

    Hence, the numerous sewage spills and environmental damage that is occurring around Tallahassee because developers are not paying their fair share to make the necessary improvements; the money is being diverted into three people’s campaigns… the same three that are holding up the firefighters negotiations.

    Reese Goad is not a city manager. He is a facilitator of bribes for three city elected officials… Mayor Dailey, Dianne Williams Cox and Curtis Richardson.

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