Yep, you read it correctly. We just got hold of an email that confirmed a fellow, Victor Quinones, was hired as a "Switchboard Security Officer" in late February or early March, 2015. Absolutely no idea what the salary is however, with Ramirez facing cuts of at least $373,000, or a 5% spending reduction, due to this year's legislature's FAILURE to provide the capitol needed, and requested for, according to officials in Tallahassee. Besides this almost $400,000 cut Ramirez also faces a lawsuit which, by all views, his office faces a serious loss. Topping that with all the unhappy employees at his office, the hiring of this fellow Quinones recently, certainly stinks of cronyism. At the time of his hiring, surely Ramirez was well aware of the budget shortfalls, displaying either his complete lack of understanding of budgets, OR his complete lack of caring what happens to the people who now work for him.
Just when we thought the City of St. Cloud had gone as far back as possible, they voted to fund a *special* investigation costing taxpayers in the city $15,000!
Council member Donnie Shroyer presented his so-called facts to the city council and was allowed to berate certain employees from the dais. Calling the city's personnel department "sloppy" several times during his very long winded presentation. A 3-2 vote to continue with an investigation into actions of the personnel department, and under whose directions, wasted 35 minutes from the meeting.We believe the Mayor should have controlled the meeting much better, and holding the discussion to the subject that was before them. Shroyer's witch hunt began with a statement of how he's so honest and that he had no particular person in mind, regarding the investigation. He passed along a huge stack of paperwork, (no doubt paid for by the taxpayers)and never really got to a specific issue with exception to the Personnel Department being...."Sloppy", and claimed he believed some personnel records were missing.
Who: Individuals who knowingly have an outstanding Osceola County warrant for non-violent misdemeanor charges. You must be an American citizen or legal resident to participate in this program.
What: Osceola County Fugitive Safe Surrender Day offers individuals with non-violent misdemeanor warrants the ability to turn themselves in to law enforcement and have their cases adjudicated in a safe and non-violent environment. The program has been successfully coordinated in cities across the nation. This one-day event is the third time a joint initiative has been coordinated in Osceola County. The project is comprised of representatives from the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court, Osceola County Government, Osceola County Corrections Department, Osceola County Clerk of Court, Judicial Correction Services, Public Defender’s Office, State Attorney’s Office, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.
Osceola County Fugitive Safe Surrender Day is not an amnesty program, but does offer favorable considerations from the court, often in the form of reduced fines, probation requirements or a new court date as an alternative to incarceration. The program allows fugitives to take responsibility for their actions, stop running from the law and clear their outstanding warrants. Individuals should arrive with valid photo ID. No weapons or children are allowed.
When: Friday, June 5; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee
Osceola County – Earlier this week, a federal judge ruled in favor of the Osceola County Sheriff's Office in a lawsuit filed by Home Suite Homes. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Middle District Court in December of 2013, alleged deputies were not enforcing Chapter 509 of the Florida Statutes. Chapter 509 is the law that regulates public lodging establishments. The Chapter defines both transients and non-transients and, the section Home Suite Homes disputed only allows the Sheriff's Office to remove transient guests. If the guest is transient, law enforcement is allowed to take immediate action at the request of a hotel manager who requests a guest be removed. Enforcement can include removing the guest and charging the guest with a second degree misdemeanor. Non-transient guests, those who have no other residence, must be evicted through court action.
In the lawsuit, Home Suite Homes alleged when they contacted the Sheriff’s Office to assist with the removal of guests, the Sheriff's Office refused to have the guest leave or make arrests for refusal, even though Home Suite Homes says it satisfied all of the statutory requirements. The Sheriff's Office showed the court that deputies conducted complete investigations and found the guests were non-transient occupants, and therefore were not subject to the removal process in Chapter 509. Many of the individuals had lived at Home Suite Homes for an extended period of time, in some instances, years. In addition, many of them had registered their children for school from that address.