TallahasseeVoices: Citizens Speak Out On County Attorney

By: Eyewitness News; TallahasseeVoices
By: Eyewitness News; TallahasseeVoices

Full survey can be found above in PDF format.

Tallahassee, Florida - May 3, 2011 -

The following was present to TallahasseeVoices Panelists:

Leon County Attorney Herb Thiele recently asked Leon
County Commissioners to change a County policy that
governs how long employees must work to get paid for
unused leave time. The previous policy stated that an
employee must have 25 years of service to receive his
or her money for unused leave time. County Attorney
Thiele asked the Commissioners to change the policy
so he could get $77,000 although he had worked only
21 years rather than 25 years. Commissioners granted
his request and changed the policy. Thiele was paid
$77,000 minus income tax withholding.

• 73% of the panel do not believe Leon County Attorney Herb Thiele
should be paid $77,000 for unused leave when he has not worked for
Leon County for the required (under the old policy) 25 years

• 63% believe Thiele abused his power as Leon County Attorney when
making his request to the Leon County Commission to change the
number of years required to collect money for unused leave

• 61% believe Attorney Thiele should be required by the Leon County
Commission to give back the $77,000 until or unless he works 25 years as required under the previous policy

• 75% believe that ethics charges against County Commissioners Proctor, Thaell, and DePuy; ethics charges against Mayor Marks; and Leon County Commission’s decision to grant Thiele’s request to lower the number of years required to get money for unused leave from 25 to 21 years create an atmosphere of corruption in local government.

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