Dear Mr. Crapp:
I am outraged by the statement to the Miami Herald of Miami Fire Department spokesman Ignatius Carroll regarding the federal indictment of Assistant Fire Chief Veldora Arthur, to wit: "Our stance is this is a personal matter that has nothing to do with her role as a fire chief. So right now she has to report to work. She’s innocent until proven guilty.”
Mr. Carroll's statement is in contradiction to the City of Miami's APM 2-98 "Relief of Duty" which states in pertinent part that:
"In the event an employee is under a criminal investigation, said employee shall be relieved of duty with pay until convicted or criminally charged, unless, as determined by the City Manager the arresting charges are significant enough to warrant the employee to be immediately relieved of duty without pay. Once charged criminally the employee shall be carried without pay." (emphasis mine)
It is your duty as City Manager to make sure the APMs are adhered to and this case should be no different. Ms. Arthur has, according to the Miami Herald, "been charged along with four others by a federal grand jury with taking part in an $11 million mortgage fraud scheme."
Unless you as City Manager determine that being charged by a federal grand jury of participating in an $11 million mortgage fraud scheme is insignificant, there is no reason why Ms. Arthur is not immediately relived of her duty without pay.
Failure to act on your part not only violates the APMs and your duty as City Manager, but further violates the bond of service between yourself and the citizens that you have sworn to serve, causing a further erosion of trust between the people and city government.
I ask that in the name of all citizens of Miami, you relieve Ms. Arthur from her post without pay. Failure to do so will force me to seek redress from the Governor of the State of Florida.
Tony, is it not enough that she makes $300,000 and has other jobs? Stop the lies and the abuse of taxpayers and get rid of Veldora Arthur now!!!