The Resignation of Panama City Beach Councilman John Reichard
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We demand the IMMEDIATE RESIGNATION of Panama City Beach City Councilman John Reichard for reasons including (1) MORAL TURPITUDE; (2) MISUSE OF PUBLIC POSITION TO PROCURE DATES; and (3) HIS GENERAL HOSTILITY TOWARD WOMEN AT CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS.
We believe Councilman Reichard is unﬁt to fulﬁll his position after showing himself to be belligerent, condescending and sexually inappropriate at City Council meetings and in his professional capacity in email correspondences recently obtained through a Public Records Request.
The Florida Commission on Ethics is very clear that City Council members are prohibited from misusing their public position by “corruptly using or attempting to use their ofﬁcial positions or the resources thereof to obtain a special privilege or beneﬁt for themselves or others,” according to Florida Statute 112.313 (6).
Examples include: - On February 21, 2017, Councilman Reichard invited a lady to join him on a date: “The City of PC Beach has provided me two tickets with hopes that I might actually arrive with a female date and dispel some of the “John must be gay” rumors. Normally I contact the escort service and arrive with the premium required to get a date with her own teeth. It was requested by the Mayor that I give up this practice.”
Councilman Reichard also “lures” the lady by offering her a seat at the Mayor’s table in Ward One (“Where the Stars Come Out to Play!”), and signs it, “Big-Time Hot Stuff City Councilman.”
- At last year’s “Special Meeting” on September 9, 2016, Councilman Reichard whispered to City Clerk Diane Floyd, “You look good today … Smile!” You’ll see the Councilman continue to stare at her around 1:59:25 into the meeting on the City’s archived webcast, as Mayor Mike Thomas arguing with Councilman Hector Solis about leaked information to WJHG-TV.
- In an email to Mayor Mike Thomas’ secretary on February 20, 2017, Councilman Reichard wrote, “So you took Strange off the agenda as leading the pledge and prayer. I guess you afraid she would pray to the devil.”
- Councilman Reichard has been disrespectful and dismissive of Vice Mayor Strange at the City Council meetings. Several other emails in his professional capacity show the same disgusting disdain for his female colleague.
- Debbie Sasser (former PCB City councilwoman) ﬁled a complaint with the Police because she felt threatened by Councilman Reichard after a City Council meeting in 2014.
He was belligerent in the hallway - yelling and pointing his ﬁnger in her face with one hand in his pocket.
These boorish examples show that Councilman Reichard is unﬁt for ofﬁce, and we demand his immediate resignation. Panama City Beach deserves better than this.
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