City commissioners likely will soon discuss a plan to conduct a morale survey for employees at City Hall and the Lakeland Police Department.
Dear God. How long ago did we start talking about that survey?
Props to Keith Merritt for finally doing the right thing and withdrawing support for the chief. And for a good reason. The city leadership is paralyzed. But pay and benefits are great balm for paralysis. So they’re not going to make it easy for you, Justin and Jim. You’re the people who can end this. (Edie and Phillip are lost causes.) And you know it.
Justin, I know you want to be mayor in four years. The longer you dawdle on this, the less likely you are to have my support, for whatever that’s worth. Probably not much.
Ending the paralysis and putting us all out of our misery will make some people mad and hurt other people’s feelings. People you know. But that’s the job. The knee-jerk tendency for good people to crawl into the fetal position and pretend they’re being judicious is the number one problem facing the community’s government.