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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I accept the resignation of myopic, ethically-dubious Hallandale Beach City Attorney David Jove with long-overdue, indignant & disgusted glee. Adios!

The positive news below from Comm. Keith London this afternoon about the end of the oblivious reign-of-ruin of David Jove comes at a very opportune time for this city's beleaguered citizen taxpayers, as the public budget workshops begin soon.

But this year, they will be workshops where the onus will squarely be on the city to explain away and defend why SO MANY city employees, city programs and the CRA consistently perform in completely unprofessional and unsatisfactory ways, and why so much money from HB taxpayers continues to find its way into the wallets and purses of the same familiar cronies, year-after-year.
Yes, the corruption tax we pay in Hallandale Beach.

Yes, at long last, David Jove will no longer be able to continue to cause the sort of permanent, lasting damage to the credibility of public policy and adherence to the rule of law at Hallandale Beach City Hall.
FINALLY.

Jove will long be remembered by concerned Hallandale Beach citizen taxpayers not for good reasons but rather for bad ones, very bad ones -over-and-over again.

He was nothing if not the model of consistency in his bad judgments, unsound speculation and general acquiescence to whatever ridiculous and ill-supported policy Mayor Joy Cooper, former City Manager Mike Good and current City Manager Mark Antonio desired, regardless of how damaging it was to the spirit and letter of the law, democratic/civic practices and the financial bottom line of this city's residents.

Jove is, supposedly, among other things, the pro-active person at HB City Hall who is in charge of limiting potential liability to Hallandale Beach taxpayers, yet for years he has continually ignored, avoided or been oblivious to numerous state laws that the city has been in clear violation of, as well as the city's own ordinances.
(Ones I have photos of that drive home how truly oblivious Jove was.)

Oblivious to them despite the fact that he sees them EVERY DAY, some, even right at City Hall while walking from his reserved parking space to his office.
But ignores them he does, at the peril of this city -and any sharp-eyed lawyer who wants to make an example of this city.

Jove should've been fired years ago but wasn't because Mayor Joy Cooper liked having a legal lapdog that did her bidding and who was well-trained enough to do that bidding sometimes without her always having to explicitly spell it out at City Commission meetings.
She relied on his infamous obliviousness and desire to hold onto his job -at any cost.
(And now, thanks to Comm. London, we are learning at what co$t that was, aren't we?)

And Jove did what he could to make sure that dynamic never changed.

I'll leave it to another time in the future to discuss whether or not the former Assistant City Attorney -who spoke-up for both the law and HB citizens' rights once in a while at various city meetings I attended- was abruptly fired two years because she ACTUALLY followed the spirit and letter of the law -and her conscience- by asking or raising questions about some very dubious shenanigans going on in this city that David Jove has ALWAYS signed-off on and winked at.
Or, was she fired because she was a lesbian? Hmm-m...

Personally, I think if this woman filed a lawsuit against the city and told just a little of what she knew about what has been going on in this city for years, she'd win in court.
I only wish it was testimony at a Grand Jury.

This woman's the best-qualified person to be the new City Attorney here, but she will never be asked because Mayor Cooper DOESN'T want well-informed people who ask reasonable and logical questions about what transpires at City Hall to be in a position to change the stealthy and unhealthy dynamic the mayor has created there that gives her the means to get whatever she wants, even if it is completely counter to good public policy.
Especially when it is counter to good public policy!

Like the preposterous Golden Isles Overlay she desperately wants that interferes with HB homeowners rights.
Or, suing HB residents like my friend and fellow civic activist, Michael Butler of Change Hallandale, who want to take advantage of the state's Sunshine Laws in the state Constitution to make sure that the public has timely access to PUBLIC information in the possession of City Hall, information the mayor would prefer to keep quiet.

David Jove? Good riddance to rubbish!

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Keith London
Date: Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 12:50 PM
Subject: Resignation Hallandale Beach City Attorney David Jove - Guess how much you will pay him?
To: "Commissioner, Hallandale Beach - Keith London" <klondon@hallandalebeachfl.gov>


Everyone,

City Attorney David Jove has tendered his letter of resignation the last day of employment with the City of Hallandale Beach will be Friday, July 29, 2011

I am attaching the following documents:

  • The resignation letter
  • The 2003 employment contract referred to in the resignation letter (signed and negotiated exclusively by Mayor Joy Cooper)
  • David Jove’s 2010 statement from Principle Financial showing how the estimated pension he will be collecting ($4,400 - $4,900) for the rest of his life from the taxpayers of Hallandale Beach and thanks to the contacts signed by Mayor Cooper

Hiring of a new city attorney will be on one of the next City Commission agendas.

In addition I am providing the following link to Muni Code and the City of Hallandale Beach Charter showing duties of a HallandaleBeach City attorney.

DIVISION 1: - CITY ATTORNEY

There shall be a city attorney of the city, appointed or removed, by a majority of the full commission, who shall serve as chief legal advisor to the commission, the city manager and all city departments, offices and agencies and who shall assure that the city is represented in all legal proceedings and perform any other duties prescribed by this Charter or by ordinance.

(Ord. No. 94-20, § 3, 8-30-1994; Ord. No. 2003-28, § 2, 11-18-2003)

I would like input from “our” residents now and at the City Commission meetings regarding the hiring and compensationof a future Hallandale Beach City Attorney.

Thank you,


Keith

Keith S. London

City Commissioner

Hallandale Beach

954-494-3182 Cellular


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