Yesterday we broke the story of an upcoming book by Darlene Tye, City of Jacksonville retiree. She broke her 30-year silence because she felt it was time to take the book off the shelf and get it published. She’s 91 years old and knows time is ticking and hopes this book will be an encouragement for others to stand up and fight for their rights.
Part of her story includes being forced out of the Civil Defense Director’s job so a friend of the Mayor’s could be handed her job. That’s called NEPOTISM and is the granting of favor to relatives or friends. She tells what happened when she learned she was being demoted and the Director’s job would go to an unqualified young man. A man who would be in charge of the safety of 700,000 residents. This was a serious issue to her because it was a big job and one that included keeping Jacksonville residents safe in disasters. It wasn’t a job for the faint of heart or for the unqualified.
Ms. Tye was highly qualified and was well-known in her field. She led the department, was a spokesperson for Civil Defense and had numerous articles published about Civil Defense/Emergency issues. She knew her job well and was highly qualified to remain in it.
When then candidate Tommy Hazouri met with her to solicit her vote, he promised her she could keep her job when he became Mayor. He saw no reason for her to be removed from the position. But alas, when he became Mayor, he broke his promise. And those broken promises by the Mayor broke her heart.
Check out how she was told she no longer had the Civil Defense Director’s job. Can you imagine being treated this way?
Ms. Tye names names in her book and is unafraid of any retaliation for publishing it. She believes all who have been treated unfairly should stand up and be heard so others will feel confident to do the same. This she believes is important not only for women but also for men.
As for the tactic of new Mayors putting their buddies on boards and in executive offices, nothing has changed. We see it still today and can only hope that one day a Mayor will be elected who will do what a great Executive should do. Hire the BEST and MOST QUALIFIED person for the job and eliminate nepotism from the hiring plan. That way the city wins and integrity reigns in the halls of City Hall. What a wonderful time that will be for our city.
Again, we give a Wink Eye to Ms. Tye for having the courage to break her silence and publish her book. Eye believes it going to be a winner.