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Council to discuss city clerk's latest arrest

The City Council wants to talk about the weekend arrest of Seminole's new city clerk.

Mayor Dottie Reeder late Sunday called a special council meeting for 7:30 tonight to discuss Sandy Tulecki's arrest on drunken-driving charges, her second in three years. Tulecki, 30, started as city clerk April 8.

Reeder said she thought it was important to air concerns about the arrest as quickly as possible.

The council could decide to fire Tulecki, do nothing or offer her alcohol counseling, Reeder said. "Knowing this council I think they're going to want some sort of action."

Reeder said she has been pleased with Tulecki's performance in her short time on the job. Just last week, Reeder said she told Tulecki how impressed she was with her organization of records and her ability to research topics for the council. "I told her I couldn't believe she had never been a city clerk before," Reeder said.

Tulecki could not be reached for comment Monday after the meeting was announced.

Tulecki, who lives in St. Petersburg, was arrested early Saturday morning. A sheriff's deputy said she was seen driving carelessly near 52nd Avenue and 28th Street N, west of the St. Petersburg city limits.

A police report said her blood alcohol level was 0.197. Florida law presumes a driver is impaired at 0.08.

Tulecki pleaded no contest to drunken driving in 1995, had her driver's license revoked for six months and was put on probation for a year, according to court records.

The possibility that Tulecki could lose her driver's license is a big concern, Reeder said.

"Her job description requires an active Florida driver's license," Reeder said. Besides reporting to work, Tulecki must attend meetings in Seminole and in other parts of the county as part of her duties.

"That is an issue we are going to have to face," Reeder said. "If she loses her driver's license, she doesn't have the skills the job requires."

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