published: Friday, July 20, 2012
Avon Park Public Safety Director King out as of July 31
By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY
AVON PARK -- Public Safety Director John King submitted his resignation to the city of Avon Park in a letter dated July 19. The letter was addressed to City Manager Julian Deleon.
King wrote: "Due to recent events wherein the city is considering the out sourcing of law enforcement to the Sheriff's Office, I am torn at having to make a decision regarding my continued employment to the city. While you (Deleon) and I have enjoyed a good and open working relationship, this specific issue has caused fundamental differences between us. With your permission, I would like to vacate from my position on Aug. 1, 2012 and further request that the city provide the severance provided within my employment contract."
Deleon replied in a letter dated July 20.
"Based on your letter to me, I have opted to terminate your employment effective on July 31, 2012. In accordance with your employment contract, previously approved by council, this will provide you with severance and benefits for a specified time period.
"Prior to this, I had evaluated your employment performance as a city department head; and clearly from that evaluation, my formalized opinion of your work product was high. I appreciate your cooperation, and professionalism, during a difficult time for you, the employees, myself and the city council."
King has not responded to several phone calls from the News-Sun.
Deleon wrote in a cover note, "The documents speak for themselves. I have no further comments on the subject."
Mayor Sharon Schuler could not be reached for comment.
City Councilor Parke Sutherland, reached Thursday when King's resignation was rumored, said he had not yet received official word and having been in court, was unaware King might be considering resignation. He was saddened by the possibility. "It would a loss to the city," he said.
John King (by: McNight - 7/25/2012)
I don't blame John King for leaving. He was the best thing that ever happened to APPD and made significant improvements to the Police Department. He was also the most experienced officer APPD ever had. Several employees have told me how much they liked him and how much better the working conditions were under him. I hope he finds employment in a much better city. I also hope the next city he works for is not infested with drama like AP is. Remember, It's all political.
John King (by: from AP sg - 7/22/2012)
The city of Avon Park was lucky to have John stop by for a while . Seldom do you meet someone who was born to do the job they are in . He had the knowledge , experience to do the job very well. What ever has caused him to call it a day has to do with honor I am sure .
Mr. King (by: Spectre - 7/22/2012)
John King has been real shot in the arm for the AP Police Department and Fire Department. I can fully understand his wanting to resign his position given everything that has been taking place in the AP city government. I guess DeLeon didn't know when he had it good. I think AP should be renamed to "The City of Harm" instead of "The City of Charm" as that seems to be what comes to a lot of city employees.
station 15 (by: taxpayer - 7/21/2012)
look mr edmond, stop crying while holding your little water hose. if you dont like it then quit and im sure there are many volunteer firefighters willing to take your place. I hate these crybabies that get paid from my tax dollars. just shut up and do your job. be happy you got a job and stop whining about pensions and free money. and i will say it again, if you dont like it leave and go do some manual labor for a change to collect a paycheck instead of just sitting in the firehouse eating subs waiting for a call.
King (by: Ali - 7/21/2012)
We are the laughing joke of the county because we a have a city manager that doesn't give a damn. King is the best thing that happened to AP. He cleaned up the police department and became a great and respected leader.
Not Suprised (by: Constitutionally Speaking - 7/21/2012)
Sounds like John King caught on to Barrack Deleon's ways. I'm sure he would've of been forced to resign due to the high volatility of corruption that is still occurring behind closed doors. I'm sure King discovered some sort of evidence that violated PBA/City Charter violations that occurred and was precluded from any negotiations with the soon to be ruling Sheriff's Department.
What a surprise (by: Fred - 7/20/2012)
AP finally gets someone thay is worth a damn with integrity and they run him off. Not surprised!!
A true professional. (by: sad to see you go. - 7/20/2012)
You will be missed Mr. King.
John King (by: Stinkie - 7/20/2012)
How much damage is AP going to allow this Deleon to do before getting a handle on him? Today the Police force, tomorrow the fire department.
Wow! (by: crazyman69 - 7/20/2012)
I am very disappointed to hear this. Director King was what a professional should define in a dictionary. The city lost a true distinguished leader. Sounds like the Dictatorship rules again. :-(
Here we go again! (by: realisticron - 7/20/2012)
Avon Park residents. Wake up and realize our City is the laughing joke of all Highlands County.
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