Since Florida Governor Ron DeSantis dissolved the Reedy Creek Improvement District and created the new Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD), we’ve seen the district be put through the wringer.
After reports of swaths of employees leaving due to the district no longer being functional came about, the district chief quickly refuted those claims. Now, more changes have come to the CFTOD.
Two senior staffers and two other employees of the DeSantis-controlled Central Florida Tourism Oversight District were fired just three days before Thanksgiving, per the Orlando Sentinel.
On Monday, November 20th, Eryka Washington Perry, director of communications, and Jason Middleton, chief of human resources, were “dismissed.” An administrative assistant and facilities maintenance specialist were also let go, per an email obtained by the Sentinel.
District officials did not comment, but administrator Glen Gilzean shared his thoughts in an internal email to employees:
“These separations were isolated and specific and are not representative of our team members who show up every day with excellence and a clear vision of a stronger tomorrow for our taxpayers and visitors.”
It’s interesting to note that both Middleton and Washington Perry were hired by the Disney-friendly administration that used to control the former Reedy Creek Improvement District.
This comes after many district employees have left their jobs due to several reasons including the district being described as “a toxic workplace right now.” More than 3 dozen employees, with a combined total of 350 years of experience, have left.
One former employee said, “With the departure of more than 3 dozen employees, the district is no longer functional.” Another, a former manager with more than 30 years of experience, said the new board members “show a severe lack of trust for employees.”
How these latest changes will impact the district remains to be seen, but we’ll be on the lookout for more news.
We’ll continue to bring you more updates on this situation, so stay tuned to AllEars for the latest.
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