With Howard Tipton managing St Lucie County – my county – are we in for a bumpy ride?

Brevard County manager lands St. Lucie job

[Howard] Tipton plans to leave his Brevard County manager job within the next few months, then begin working in St. Lucie County six months after that. That employment gap will allow him to qualify for the Florida Retirement System benefits he has earned, even though he will have a full-time job in St. Lucie County …

Tipton previously was deputy county administrator in Orange County and chief administrative officer for the Orange County clerk of courts.

via Brevard County manager lands St. Lucie job.

Of course, the first thing that comes to mind in reading the above sentences is a nagging suspicion that Howard Tipton may already be collecting retirement benefits from his Orange County employment. I’m all for healthy pensions, but I’m not the least bit supportive of absurd policies that encourage county hopping for some public servants and Tallahassee agency hopping for others for purposes of collecting multiple pensions while still working full time, and often – incredibly – while complaining loudly about the pensions of teachers, firefighters, police officers, librarians, etc.

As I know quite a lot about Brevard County and Orange County corruption and a bit about corruption here in St Lucie County, the next nagging suspicion that emerges is that Tipton isn’t going to be good for us or to us … that I’ll soon have more St Lucie County corruption to track.

Our local Scripps newspapers leaves so very, very much to be desired.

Like news, for instance.

An article on the hiring of Tipton reads like a paid political advert, with you’ve-got-to-be-kidding spin on Tipton’s pension/salary double-dipping. Check it out:


Incredibly, both Scripps News and Editorial Boards believe that their readers, advisers and shareholders are disinterested in public corruption. I heard it with my own ears on July 14, 2009.

It will therefore be Scripps’ fault if Tipton takes St Lucie county for a ride, another line on the list of other things that are Scripps’ fault locally.

About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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