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Ex-police chief Davis opposes change to St. Petersburg charter

Former St. Petersburg police Chief Goliath Davis III opposes a proposed change to the city charter that would protect council members from being removed from office for voicing their opinion on mayoral appointments.

Davis, writing in the Weekly Challenger, urged residents to vote against the change on Nov. 4.

Supporters of the charter change are unhappy with Mayor Rick Kriseman's decision to select Clearwater police Chief Tony Holloway as the city's new chief, Davis wrote.

"Those who did not get the candidate of their choice seek to once again, change the rules," he wrote.

Kriseman asked for and received ample opinions from the public, the City Council and others before he made his decision, Davis wrote.

Another city backs Greenlight

The Greenlight Pinellas transit plan is on a roll with Pinellas County's cities.

Redington Shores commissioners voted unanimously last week to endorse the referendum that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. Elected officials in 15 of the county's 24 cities have now supported the plan.

Also this month in Safety Harbor, the City Commission voted 3-2 to endorse Greenlight.

Other cities that have endorsed the plan: Belleair, Belleair Bluffs, Clearwater, Dunedin, Indian Rocks Beach, Largo, Madeira Beach, Redington Beach, South Pasadena, St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach, Tarpon Springs and Treasure Island.

One city body, the Seminole City Council, has voted against an endorsement.

Dudley in Wrestling Hall of Fame

St. Petersburg City Council Chairman Bill Dudley, the wrestling coach at Northeast High School for 33 years, was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame this month.

At the induction ceremony in Orlando, Dudley estimated that about 100 of his former wrestlers and other supporters came out to witness the honor, including wrestlers from his first team in 1973 and his last in 2006.

Dudley will have a plaque at the Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla.

Parallels exist between coaching high school wrestlers and chairing the City Council, he said.

"You can't succeed unless you have a lot of support," Dudley said.

Ex-police chief Davis opposes change to St. Petersburg charter 08/22/14 [Last modified: Friday, August 22, 2014 3:16pm]
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