City manager raise approved, despite councilwoman critique
NAPLES - There was tension at Naples city hall on Wednesday during a review of city manager William Moss that resulted in a 2% raise.
"Teresa, I've lost all respect for you," said city councilman Bill Barnett.
He was reacting to Councilwoman Teresa Heitmann's critical review on Moss' handling of several investigations, including his review of pornographic pictures that were sent to city council members of a Naples police officer having sex with a former Naples firefighter.
Moss led an investigation that tried unsuccessfully to decide who sent the images.
Heitmann was concerned that Moss never launched an investigation of the officer who she says was engaging in behavior unbecoming of a police officer as stated in the FDLE's code of conduct.
"Failure by the city manager to take the opportunity to instill the importance of high ethical and moral standards... ...shows poor leadership," said Heitmann.
She was also questioned why Moss took over an investigation into a complaint filed by Naples resident Henry Kennedy that claimed Naples police chief Tom Weschler intimidated him with his badge and gun.
Moss told Fox 4 last week that Kennedy's claims were unsubstantiated and that proper rules were followed because internal affairs, which normally handles investigations into law enforcement officers, fall under the direction of the chief and would have created a conflict of interest.
In the end, Heitmann had only the supporter out of Doug Finlay who also voted against the Moss pay raise.
The rest of the board voted to give Moss a 2% pay raise. Moss' total compensation package totals about $272,000 per year.