Apalach stalemates on Daly ouster from P & Z

Tom Daly

Tom Daly

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 04:39 PM.

A special meeting of the Apalachicola city commission Tuesday night gave rise to a stormy confrontation between Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson and Planning and Zoning Chairman Tom Daly after the mayor called for Daly’s ouster from P and Z.

After a lengthy discussion, in which several audience members rose in defense of Daly, city commissioners split down the middle and thus took no action on the issue of Daly’s removal from P and Z.

The mayor had asked commissioners to confirm his recommendation, first made in an Oct. 16 letter to Daly, in which he requested he immediately resign from P & Z.

Instead, Commissioner Brenda Ash moved, and Frank Cook seconded, that Daly be stripped of his chairmanship of P and Z. That vote was 2-2, with Mitchell Bartley and Johnson each voting no.

Commissioner Jimmy Elliott was absent, so his vote will likely be the tiebreaker should the matter be addressed at the Dec. 4 regular meeting, or a subsequent meeting.

“Instead of complying, Tom Daly has chosen to challenge my directive in the court of public opinion,” said Johnson, at the outset of his prepared remarks.

“It’s a pattern, a continued disregard for established process, procedures and protocol, and an affront to the mayor, staff and residents of this great city. He basically does what he wants,” Johnson charged, as he outlined allegations Daly had acted beyond the scope of his authority in several instances.

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