Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Read Jeff Lt. Gov. Kottkamp's letter requesting state trooper for trip to Italy

This is the text of a letter sent from Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp to Julie Jones, director of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles:

November 5, 2010

Director Julie Jones

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Neil Kirkman Building

2900 Apalachee Parkway

Tallahassee, FL 32399-055

This will serve as a follow-up to our telephone conversation on Thursday, November 4th regarding security for my upcoming trip to Italy. As you know, I will be traveling to Italy next week. While in Rome I have meetings with high level executives in the business community including Ing.Gian Rodolfo Bertoli (Vice President UIR) and Giancarlo Pelosi (Director of IACCSE) to discuss economic development and investment opportunities in Florida. I have similar meetings planned in Umbria with Gian Luigi Angelantoni, the President of Centro Estero Umbria as well as Antonio Alunni the President of Umbria Aerospace Companies. Considering the current economic climate I'm sure you would agree that any effort to increase trade and bring more jobs to Florida is important.

As you know, Chapter 321.04(3), Florida Statutes states "The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shall assign one patrol officer to the office of the Governor." For nearly 40 years the Office of the Governor has charged the Florida Highway Patrol to use this position to provide security and transportation for the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Florida. This is a full-time job. Commenting on the Lt.Governor's security detail, FHP Spokesmen Col. Ernesto Duarte told one newspaper that the law is clear: "We go where he goes and we take our mission very seriously." The Florida Highway patrol has handled the mission with great professionalism.

As you also probably know, the Department of State has issues a Worldwide Caution due to the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens have been reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.

Recent events have increased the department of State's concerns about the continued threat of terrorist attacks and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests overseas. Current information suggests that al-Qaida and affliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. interests in multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and to the Middle East. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics including suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, and bombings.

Due to these serious ongoing security threats, and the responsibility of the Florida Highway Patrol to provide security and transportation to the Lieutenant Governor, I'm sure you would agree that the attendance on the trip to Italy of the FHP Trooper responsible for my security, Captain Alan Compton, is necessary.

During our telephone conversation you told me that the Governor's office had denied approval for Captain Compton to provide security for the trip to Italy. You specifically stated that this decision was made by the Governor's Chief of Staff Shane Strum. That is not accurate. I confirmed with Shane Strum that the Governor's office did not deny approval for Captain Compton. In fact, I have personally spoken to the Governor about the trip.

Accordingly, you should immediately complete any actions and paperwork necessary to assist Captain Compton in carrying out his responsibilities by 5 p.m. today.

Sincerely,

Jeff Kottkamp

*****

Here is the response Jones sent to Kottkamp on the same day, Nov. 5:

Dear Lieutenant Governor Kottkamp:

The resources from the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to you by the authority of the Office of the Governor are at the pleasure of the Governor. You are correct that the Florida Highway Patrol provides an employee to assist you with security issues and transportation. Our responsibility to the Lieutenant Governor is taken very seriously and is provided as a part of the Lieutenant Governor’s official duties.

During these challenging, economic times we are compelled to make difficult decisions. I consulted directly with Deputy Chief of Staff Chuck Drago in the Governor’s office in September, prior to denying the travel, and as of this morning I have no additional information from the Governor’s office to lead me to another conclusion. Given the personal nature of this trip and limited business application, I am compelled to refuse your request. I do not do this lightly. I have consulted with all four cabinet agencies and there is concurrence that this expenditure is not a wise use of the state’s resources.

Sincerely,
Julie Jones
Executive Director

Read Jeff Lt. Gov. Kottkamp's letter requesting state trooper for trip to Italy 11/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 8:29pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Jones: Bucs need success to get national respect

    Bucs

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.

    No respect

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  2. Hopes fade after landslide destroys Chinese village (w/video)

    World

    Crews searching through the night in the rubble left by a landslide that buried a mountain village under tons of soil and rocks in southwestern China found 15 bodies, but more than 110 more people remained missing.

    Vehicles and people line a road leading to the site of a landslide in Xinmo village in Mao County on Saturday in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province. More than 100 people remained missing after the village was buried under tons of rocks and soil.
  3. Rookie Jake Faria dissatisfied with performance in Rays' loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The rookie pitcher walked to his locker Saturday after tossing the fourth quality start in as many tries to begin his career. He held the potent Orioles bats to three runs and for six innings gave his team a chance to win.

    Orioles third baseman Manny Machado tags out the Rays’ Mallex Smith at third after a rundown in the first inning.
  4. Thousands converge in two St. Pete locations celebrating LGBT rights

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tom Rockhill didn't know what to expect Saturday, but by noon people were knocking on the door of his bar Right Around the Corner in Grand Central.

    (From left to right) Emma Chalut 18, gets a rainbow sticker on her cheek from her sister Ellie, 15 both of Jacksonville before the annual St. Pete Pride parade in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday. This year the route was changed from the Grand Central and Kenwood area to Bayshore Drive.
[EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  5. Retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Parker Lee McDonald dies

    TALLAHASSEE — A former Florida Supreme Court justice, who wrote a decision that prevented lawyers from excluding jurors because of their race, has died.

    Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Parker Lee McDonald died Saturday, the court said in a statement. He was 93.