City attorney disputes City administrator email

July 31, 2014

Apparently all is not well in city hall:

From: Janet Matteson
Date: July 31, 2014 9:01:29 AM CDT
To: Colleen Castille , “‘'” , Ashton Hayward , Stephanie Tillery , Brian Spencer , Rusty Wells , Tamara Fountain , City Council
Subject: RE: Directive from City

Ms. Castille:
The subject e mail is inaccurate, unprofessional and disturbing in light of your public transmission of an apparent ethical violation without any consultation with this office.
1 I do not know Mr. Lindemann and I do not have any meeting scheduled with him. As you know, my office defends the City. It does not give advice to citizens on how to sue the City. In that regard, I am directing you to resolve any issues you have with Mr. Lindemann immediately. As a taxpayer, he has a right to a final resolution of his issue by you as the City Administrator; furthermore,
2 It is very disturbing to me that you would create a public record that passes on the statement that “the City Attorney directed her to sue the City.” That statement is false.
Neither myself nor anyone in my office would ever direct a citizen to sue the City. That is a serious ethical violation. I have never had a conversation with Ms. Mackey on any matter.
3 In the future, I would appreciate your closer attention to detail and staff coordination in order that these unfortunate events do not occur in the future and that the taxpayers who support us receive prompt, accurate information on whatever issues they bring to City Hall.
/s/ City Attorney

—–Original Message—–
From: Colleen Castille
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 4:31 PM
To: ‘Dan Lindemann’; Jim Messer
Cc: City Council; Ashton Hayward
Subject: RE: Directive from City

Dear Dan,

I understand you have a meeting with the City Attorney Jim Messer tomorrow morning. In lieu of letter, that will be my response.

Colleen M. Castille
City Administrator
City of Pensacola, Florida

—–Original Message—–
From: Dan Lindemann []
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:42 AM
To: Colleen Castille
Cc: City Council; Ashton Hayward
Subject: Directive from City

Colleen Castille,
Just spoke with Carol-Ann Mackey, owner of 28 N. Palafox St. She informed me that the City Attorney directed her to file a Law Suit against the City.
Does this apply to me as well? If so, please advise and process my request for a meeting with the City Attorney.
I would appreciate an answer today if that is at all possible.
Thank You
Dan Lindemann

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  • john August 1, 2014 at 5:18 am

    What a shameful display of civic duty. They’re all acting like 5th graders. City Council is a joke, Mayor’s off taking Colgate selfies, and yet again the citizens voice falls on deaf ears.

    Snapple, anyone?

  • Liz Watkins July 31, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Who is Janet Matteson? And remind us what the Lindemann issue is.

  • phedup July 31, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I’ve been telling you all along that Collen Castile has got to go. This is just another example of her incompetence and gross lack of leadership. If Al Coby were still running the everyday operations of the City, this would never be allowed to happen. He knew how to run the City and get things done. Mayor Hayward has gotten rid of anyone that knew how to do their job competently. All he wants are “yes” men or women.

  • whatajoke July 31, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    What a dysfunctional administration.

  • CJ Lewis July 31, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Well, technically, City Attorney Messer does “know” Dan Lindemann if by “know” we mean that Messer knows who Lindemann is, has seen him in the flesh not 20 feet away and knows the nature of Lindemann’s legal beef with the City of Pensacola. Lindemann was the first person to speak in the Boyd Forum during the City Council’s regular meeting on July 17. I was sitting behind Lindemann in the audience and spoke after him. Messer was sitting up on the dais so he was present at least in body.

    As usual, Mayor Hayward again refused to attend the meeting, as required by the Charter, and sitting in his chair without any constitutional authority at all was City Administrator Castille. Also AWOL was District 6 Councilman Brian Spencer who was in City Hall for an earlier CRA meeting that ended at about 5 pm but didn’t care enough to stick around for the 5:30 pm Council meeting. District 6 must be so proud. I saw Spencer leave City Hall at about 5:10 pm. Apparently, Spencer decided to blow off the Council meeting reportedly throwing himself an impromptu birthday dinner.

    Lindemann brought an issue to the attention of the City Council asking for their help, as I recall directing the Hayward Administration to comply with some aspect of the Code of Ordinances (Ordinances = City laws) and live up to an earlier decision made by the Hayward Administration now being refuted. As we know, Hayward claims the authority to ignore, nullify and refuse to enforce laws. Worse, the essentially leaderless Hayward Administration often works at cross-purposes with one part often not knowing or caring what the other part is doing, this e-mail exchange another perfect example.

    Before he spoke, I told Lindemann that his bold appeal to the City Council would almost certainly fall on deaf ears. Talking to the Pensacola City Council to get them to do anything that does not personally benefit them is like talking to dummies at a wax museum. As I recall, Lindemann gave everyone on the dais to include the City Attorney and the City Administrator a letter describing the relief he sought.

    As for Messer’s panicked concern about creating a public record, Lindemann’s e-mail is a public record so one is already created. By the way, why would Messer be responding to Castille using Janet Matteson’s e-mail account? Doesn’t Messer have his own e-mail account?

    More importantly, why didn’t Messer walk down to see Castille at 4:32 pm on July 30 to discuss the issue that seems to have been festering for years? If Hayward was at work that day, vice out playing golf, they could even sit down with him to sort out the issue. Instead, they all just send each other hissy e-mails.

    It also strikes me as odd that Janet Matteson (aka Messer) would send an e-mail directly to Brian Spencer in addition to sending one to everyone on the City Council. Perhaps Messer sends e-mails to Spencer at his “Out-of-the-Sunshine” e-mail work account much as Hayward primarily relies upon his Yahoo e-mail account to make it easier to delete and hide e-mails he doesn’t want to give up during public records requests, one reason Hayward moved the Public Records function into the Office of the Mayor where he could better “supervise” it.