Friday, August 14, 2015
JERRY CAMERON Retires (Again): Good Riddance! Now, go on, git! Get thee hence!
How many workday retirement parties for JERRY CAMERON, Assistant County Administrator?
County Commission was given over to some 90 minutes of tributes on August 4, forcing dozens of residents with county business to wait around, only to see the massive development they were concerned about postponed.
Again, today, a fete in the Taj Mahal (County Administration Building) for the arachnid apparathick JERRY CAMERON, former Fernandina Beach Police Chief, onetime Libertarian legislative candidate and frequent prevaricator and Machiavellian mouthpiece for tinpot Napoleon political boss MICHAEL DAVID WANCHICK, County Administrator.
Some people say that CAMERON is senile. Last year, he claimed he did not remember putting the awful St. Johns County Charter on the ballot twice in 2008 and claimed he did not remember running against WILLIAM L. PROCTOR for State Legislature.
Others contend that CAMERON is also pathological liar, one who put the St. Augustine National Historical Park and National Seashore on the agenda for the County Commission November 1, 2011, without a staff report, outside the ordinary course of business, then invited his fellow right-wingers from the St. Augustine Tea Party, armed with misinformation, to trash the proposal, calling park supporters Nazis and Communist and comparing me to Hitler, Stalin and Goebbels. CAMERON recently spoke to the Tea Party and filled it with fiction about America being founded as a "Christian Nation."
CAMERON is a close friend associate of Sheriff DAVID BERNARD SHOAR, who appears to have aided and abetted SHOAR's coverup of the Michelle O'Connell shooting case, reading all of the documents prior to The New York Times' November 24, 2013 investigative article by Walt Bogdanich and airily telling me it was "suicide."
CAMERON also obstructed my open records requests for the water bill for the home where Michelle O'Connell was shot to death.
CAMERON was rude and threatening to me on both the Park and Seashore and O'Connell cases.
Good riddance: we don't need people like CAMERON around here.
But, mark my words: this unjust steward will run for County Commissioner in 2016.
Here's the latest one-sided hagiography from the St. Augustine Record:
St. Johns County celebrates work of Jerry Cameron
Posted: August 14, 2015 - 9:49pm
Jerry Cameron, St. Johns County assistant county administrator of community services, poses for a photograph in the rotunda of the county's administration building on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. Cameron retired after 10 years in the position. PETER.WILLOTT@STAUGUSTINE.COM
By SHELDON GARDNER
The assistant county administrator for community services, Jerry Cameron, finished his last day on Friday at the county administration building.
Dozens of people Cameron has worked with in the community and at the county over close to a decade on the job came to a retirement ceremony for Cameron, including Joy Andrews, who is taking over his role.
“He has been a mentor for me for the past 10 years,” said Andrews, the new assistant county administrator for community services and former health and human services director.
Andrews has been working in administration with Cameron since the beginning of August and has been meeting with people in the community as part of the transition, she said.
St. Johns County has two assistant county administrator positions, one for community services and another for operational services. The assistant county administrator oversees areas such as veterans services, health and human services, parks and recreation, public safety, library services and emergency management.
People who came to Cameron’s reception in the county administration building included people from community organizations such as the United Way of St. Johns County, the Council on Aging and the Veterans Council of St. Johns County.
Current and former commissioners also spoke, including Rep. Cyndi Stevenson, who served as a St. Johns County commissioner for about 10 years and worked with Cameron in that role.
“Jerry is a guy you want on your side,” Stevenson said as she addressed Cameron and the audience. “He’s a difference maker.”
Cameron also had roles in projects that he said were critical for St. Johns County.
One of those projects was the development of an 800 megahertz radio system to improve communication for public safety officials, he said.
“We had to swim against the current to get that,” Cameron said.
He also cited the new Health and Human Services building, which cost $12 million. The cost of the facility has been criticized by some residents and commission candidates. Officials have said building a new facility made sense in light of the cost of repairing the old one. The county sold the property to Lowe’s for $8 million and paid for the rest with a loan.
Cameron has also been involved in trying to work out a solution to relocate the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs St. Augustine Community Based Outpatient Clinic. The process has been hampered by delays, but Cameron has worked to move the process along.
Bill Dudley, chairman of the Veterans Council of St. Johns County, spoke Friday about Cameron’s work with veterans and for the VA clinic.
“He represented the county and represented the veterans extremely well,” Dudley said.
Before serving in St. Johns County administration, Cameron, 70, held several jobs including working as a police chief and as a city manager in Fernandina Beach. He has (sic) a wife [what no name?] and a daughter and stepdaughter.
The next step for Cameron comes Sunday, when he will leave on a train to New York and then take a cruise to Europe, he said. After he returns, he plans to stay involved in the community by working with Flagler Hospital on the care of homeless people.
Cameron also played a role in seeking advancements in homeless services during his time at the county.
As he reflected on his time at the county, Cameron said one of the things he appreciates most is the work he did with other people at the county.
“I will always be extremely grateful for opportunity to have been in this position ... with this team,” he said. “I feel really lucky.”