Integrity 2016 -- a group of concerned Sarasota citizens that organized the April 1 Integrity Rally protesting a blatant public conflict of interest -- sent the email below to the Argus Foundation on April 22. It introduced an Open Letter to the Argus Board and asked for a response by May 1, 2015. As of today, May 4, no response has been forthcoming.
To the Board of the Argus Foundation, Joe R. Hembree President:
As citizens of Sarasota, we believe that The Argus Foundation's recent hiring of a top public official, Christine Robinson, as Executive Director leaves certain questions unanswered. In an effort to clear the air, the attached letter offers a series of questions regarding the intent and wisdom behind that decision.The intention is to open a dialog that will lead to better understanding of what we as taxpayers can expect from Argus's contractual obligations with Ms. Robinson vis a vis her dual roles. Now that you have engaged the public sphere by hiring Ms. Robinson, we believe you have a new accountability to the Community.The public has a justified interest in a detailed understanding of your purposes and goals in this matter.Please see the attached letter, sent without broadcasting online or to Media. We would appreciate an in-depth response by May 1.