Jax Council Committee Wants More Answers On Ousting Of Environmental Chief

Apr 15, 2013

The Jacksonville City Council Rules Committee wants to know if Environmental Quality Chief Vince Seibold was let go because he publicly expressed concerns about reorganization plans involving his department.

Seibold told the Environmental Protection Board, or EPB, about potential problems with moving environmental control under Public Works.

Jacksonville's Director of Environmental Control Vince Seibold was let go by the city last week.
Credit City of Jacksonville

The administration says Seibold was let go because he had requested a member of the General Counsel's office to prepare a document for the EPB without the consent or acknowledgment of her superior, Cindy Laquidara.

Council members like Vice-President Bill Gulliford say they need more information to be assured Seibold wasn't shown the door just for questioning the administration's proposal.

Gulliford says it would be chilling to believe that would happen. He says the council needs to be able to hear any concerns the city's department heads have regarding current and proposed policy.

The Rules Committee asked the administration to come back with more information about Seibold's departure at its next meeting in two weeks.