Deltona Mayor Says City Manager Resignation Tabled & Metal Detectors To Stay

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Deltona, FL - Deltona Acting City Manager John Peters, who tendered his resignation on May 24, giving the City Commission options on when it would be effective, will be staying in place, at least until January. Mayor Heidi Herzberg confirmed that the Commission voted 7-0 at their regular meeting last night (June 7) to table his resignation until January 2022.

Herzberg says that certain commissioners have had an agenda and the time that's spent on these agendas prohibits Peters from getting city business done. She says she told him to let the Commission know when the incidents occur. "If he would say, "I'm spending five hours a day going over these public records requests and commissioner X wants me to continue to work on this situation and mitigate it, and it's just never-ending." Bring it to the Commission and we can put a stop to it and then admonish the commissioner."

A Charter Review Committee was appointed during the meeting. Herzberg said their job is to address the weakness in the city charter and create a process to get things done between members of the Commission and the city manager. 

The Commission also discussed whether or not the metal detector should be removed. Herzberg said it was installed about two years ago after some contentious meetings. She thinks people feel more secure because of it.  "It is a situation where when you have volatile commission meetings and you have a handful of people that act out, which is the case in our city, people are afraid to come. They're afraid to come because of the bullying, because of the foul language." The vote was unanimous to keep the metal detectors.

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