The Saga of City Planner Bobby Franklin
(a farce in two three acts)
Letter from City Planner Bobby Franklin to City Attorney Paula Flowers May 15, 2007
(he points out two instances where the Mayor has failed to follow Roberts’ Rules and the City Attorney failed to correct her)
Click here to watch video of the second incident. The motion and ruling begin at 4:28 into the video.
Reply from City Attorney Paula Flowers to City Planner Bobby Franklin May 17, 2007
(she admits that both occasions were “procedural errors” by the Mayor, but says it was not her place to correct the Mayor)
Termination Letter given to Bobby Franklin by acting City Manager Sheila Luckett on July 13, 2007
(when he asked what the grounds were, she said that, “on several occasions, the maps provided to the City Commission along with rezoning requests had been shaded wrong.” At which point, the City Attorney told her she didn’t need to say any more.
Certified letter mailed on July 18, 2007 to Bobby Franklin by acting City Manager Sheila Luckett stating six reasons for his termination, including “of most concern was your attempt to deliberately deceive the State of Tennessee by submitting a grant application containing grossly understated population figures. . .”
Email message sent on July 22, 2007 by Bobby Franklin to the Mt. Juliet City Commission in which he requests that the letter be withdrawn and that he be reinstated.
Letter dated July 26, 2007 from Jill Johnson stating that the termination letter of July 13, 2007 was in error and that the City will NOT, after all pay him his accrued sick leave.
Mr. Franklin has informed RFMJ that he has now received an offer from the City of an additional month’s severance if he will waive all claims he might have against the City in connection with his employment, “from the beginning of the world.”
We’re not kidding.
The settlement offer actually asks him to waive claims, “from the beginning of the world.”
Should more fascinating documents from this case become available, we’ll add them to this page.
Of course, you might also want to read the sworn statement given by Mr. Franklin in connection with the ethics complaint filed against Mayor Elam. Mayor Elam was eventually censured by the City Commission based upon the information provided by Bobby Franklin. That statement and all related documents and videos are on this page: Ethics1
Read them all . . . and draw your own conclusions.
UPDATE: One of the most despicable things the City did was to attempt to deny Mr. Franklin any unemployment benefits. They notified the State of Tennessee that Mr. Franklin was discharged for “attempting to deceive the State of TN for grant funding.” This was a lie. It was not a mistake. It was a lie. The City — in particular, Linda Elam, Paula Flowers, and Sheila Luckett — knew it was a lie. But they told it anyway, in a malicious attempt to deprive Mr. Franklin of unemployment benefits and to further assassinate his character.
Mr. Franklin appealed the denial of benefits, and won quite easily. He called as a witness the GNRC employee who had completed the grant application under dispute. She testified on his behalf and utterly refuted the City’s claim that there had been fraud. What is truly appalling is that the City withdrew from the proceedings and Acting City Manager Sheila Luckett ignored a subpoena compelling her to attend.
“The accusation was not true. The claimant did not prepare the application. He did not submit any false information, and he did not direct anyone to submit any false information to obtain the State grant. Consequently the claimant vehemently denied the accusations. Despite the claimant’s denial, the claimant was terminated from his job.”
This does not bode well for the City in its attempt to defend against Mr. Franklin’s lawsuit (see below).