I just received my Public Record Request 363 from the City of North Miami:
As I already proved in my blog dated September 19, 2015, this is a flat out LIE!
Police Chief Leonard Burgess and Major Franzia Brea are playing semantics when they claim that a “fully executed” Last Chance Agreement does not exist.
Signed or not, the Last Chance Agreement absolutely DOES exist.
That North Miami Police Chief Leonard Burgess failed to follow through by making sure it was signed by Police Officer Jodlyn Antoine and the Dade County Police Benevolent Association doesn’t negate these FACTS:
FACT NUMBER 1: On August 1, 2014, Officer Jodlyn Antoine signed a disciplinary notification acknowledging that he received the LAST CHANCE AGREEMENT.
FACT NUMBER 2: On September 12, 2015, Chief Leonard Burgess signed a memo to officer Jodlyn Antoine advising him, “I recommend the attached Last Chance Agreement dated August 25, 2014, as an alternative to being terminated from employment.”
This document exists by the very FACT that I received it on or about March 27, 2015 as a result of a Public Records Request from the City of North Miami Clerk’s Office.
Sources advised me that Chief Leonard Burgess claims that the Last Chance Agreement that he signed on September 12, 2014 is not in effect because Officer Jodlyn Antoine refused to sign the agreement.
If that’s the case, then he should have terminated Officer Jodlyn Antoine on the spot!
In the memo signed by Chief Leonard Burgess on September 12, 2014, he specifically put in writing to Officer Antoine:
“In reference to NMPD Internal Affairs Investigation Case Number 2014-02, the Disposition Panel determined a Sustained Finding on seven violations. As a result, your chain of command recommended that the Disciplinary Action against you be termination.”
If Chief Leonard Burgess recommended that Officer Jodlyn Antoine enter into the Last Chance Agreement as an alternative to termination, and if Officer Jodlyn Antoine refused to enter into this agreement, then Chief Leonard Burgess would have had no alternative but to terminate his employment immediately.
The big mystery here is NOT whether or not the Last Chance Agreement exists.
We have already determined that it does exist.
The mystery is why Officer Jodlyn Antoine was not terminated when he refused to sign it.
The bigger mystery is how Chief Leonard Burgess has still managed to convince the City Manager to let him keep his own job.
North Miami residents used to complain about the corruption in their government when former Mayor Andre Pierre and former Police Chief-turned-City Manager Stephen Johnson were in power.
North Miami residents were exasperated when former Mayor Lucie Tondreau and former Police Chief Marc Elias seemed to follow in their footsteps.
North Miami residents were oh-so relieved when a new Mayor, Council, City Manager and Police Chief took their places.
HAH! The joke’s on you, folks!
Your Police Chief is just as corrupt as any of his predecessors.
Your City Manager is obviously as corrupt as the Police Chief.
Your Mayor and Council are complicit in this corruption by not stepping up and demanding transparency and accountability by the Police Chief and the City Manager.
North Miami residents have got to be sick and tired of the blatant, in-your-face corruption at City Hall and at the Police Department.
Your only hope for a corruption-free government is to demand accountability from your Mayor and Council.
If they refuse to change the Culture of Corruption, VOTE THEM ALL OUT!
“Spreading the Wealth”