Sarasota News Leader

11/23/2012

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POWER, THY NAME IS PAM City Attorney Bob Fournier and City Auditor and Clerk Pam Nadalini listen to public comments during a City Commission meeting. Photo by Norman Schimmel ANALYSIS: CITY AUDITOR AND CLERK PROVES TO BE A SURVIVOR By Stan Zimmerman City Editor It is very rare for a city charter official to re- ceive public affirmation. These officials serve at the pleasure of city commissioners, not city citizens. If charter officials do not perform as expect- ed, they can be removed by a simple majority of three commissioners. After her selection as city auditor and clerk on Feb. 25, 2010, Pam Nadalini fought a bu- reaucratic battle that led to the dismissal of her bête noire, City Manager Bob Bartolotta, enabling her to take control of the city's Infor- mation Technology Department from the City Manager's Office. For nearly three years, she stood in violation of a requirement in the city charter that she hold a surety bond, just as the city manag- er and city finance director do; and for two years, she managed to keep that a secret from the City Commission. This month she withstood a proposed amend- ment to the city's charter that would have dis- membered her office, watching voters turn it down 45 percent to 55 percent. And on Mon- day, Nov. 19, she withstood a no-confidence motion at the City Commission meeting when nobody wanted to second it. Who is this survivor?

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