Senior Assistant Pinellas County Attorney Carl Brody (left) was notified of his termination by County Attorney Jewel White (right) on Friday, March 13th
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In an email to a small group of community leaders on Saturday morning, Davis describes Brody’s firing as fall-out from the recent controversy over the job performance of the County’s Human Resources Director Dr. Holly Schoenherr, which resulted in her resignation on March 4th.
Davis’ note read, in part, “During this controversial process, Mr. Carl Brody, Sr. County Attorney, the highest-ranking African-American in the County Attorney’s office, and a 23-yr employee of the County, was assigned as Counsel to the Personnel Board. Mr. Brody’s performance has been excellent. However, it is my understanding that on Friday, March 13th, 2020, Mr. Brody was abruptly terminated from his employment by the County Attorney, Jewel White, without explanation…This action… SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO STAND.”
Davis has called a special meeting of the Personnel Board meeting to discuss the matter. the meeting is open to the public and will take place on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday’s meeting will be held in the Board of County Commissioners Assembly Room at 315 Court Street in Clearwater.
St. Petersburg NAACP President Maria Scruggs says she plans to take action as well. In a Facebook post on Sunday, Scruggs wrote “The St.Petersburg Branch NAACP is calling on the National President Derrick Johnson , National NAACP Board chairman Leon Russell, NAACP FSC President Adora Nwezi, NAACP’S Upper Pinellas County President Zebbie Atkinson IV, civil rights attorneys Benjamin Crump and Michele K. Rayner-Goolsby to join us in this fight!”
Brody’s firing appears to stem from the misidentification of the newly named interim HR director as a relative of a County Personnel Board member. According to details released by Davis and featured in two Tampa Bay Times articles on the topic, the sequence of events leading to Brody’s ouster include the following milestones.
Davis says he plans to share full details about the “back door” wrangling that led to Brody’s firing at the Personnel Board meeting on Thursday, unless pre-empted by Coronavirus. Community advocates are encouraged to attend.
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