Well folks, how does Mayor Bill McElligot sound?
Recently terminated from his job as Dunedin fire marshal, Bill McElligot is considering running for mayor. Bill is testing the waters as to what other Dunedin residents think about his new endeavor.
I don’t know if we really get the true story behind government moves like this (Bill’s termination). It really didn’t come out of the blue. Tell-tale signs were apparent. Did Bill have to give a written accountability of his hour-by-hour work day to City Manager Rob DiSpirito, for the last few months?
Bill McElligot is used to working under stressful conditions; but when it becomes personal, thinking can temporarily be clouded.
I commend any citizen who wishes to run for a city or governmental office. My advice is to make sure the motives and intentions are correct. The love for Dunedin must be the paramount factor. If seeking office just for revenge or I’ll-show-you-who-you’re-dealing-with attitude, don’t do it. McElligot has done much to protect and serve our city. It’s a difficult position to be in. When public safety and money collide, toes get stepped on and reactions come hard and fast.
Public service is just that, a desire to serve. Bill as been serving the public for decades, he knows how government works. Just give it some time for reflection, don’t jump in just because you're hurt or feeling mistreated. If you feel you have positive ideas and can be an asset to Dunedin, I say, go for it! If you want to get back at city officials and see this as a method to do so, I say, stay out. Time will tell, so cool off and think deeply. It’s important to all of us. Who live and work in this town.