A top Fort Myers city administrator is out of a job.
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CREATED Jun. 7, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla.- A top Fort Myers city administrator is out of a job.
Swift and severe - there was no severance package as rose Rundle was ordered to terminate her working relationship with the city of Fort Myers.
Employees at Fort Myers Harborside Events Center complained about the leadership of their director.
The problem: top administrator Rose Rundle's private life and professional career were becoming uncomfortably intertwined.
City Manager Billy Mitchell ordered a full investigation into a number of allegations regarding Rundle's behavior.
The top one being that one of Rose Rundle's employees was living with her and was shown favoritism.
The city investigation showed that Rena Tchekmeian did live with her.
That Tchekmeian did not have to report to her direct supervisor but instead only report to Rundle.
This is a direct violation of city policy where an employee can not co-habitate with their direct supervisor.
Also, it was noted in the report that Tchekmeian was not held accountable for her performance.
The report further stated that these factors led to frustration with the staff.
Fox 4 news was not able to make contact with either Rundle or Tchekmeian.
But that was only part of the investigation leading to Rundle's termination.
City Manager Billy Mitchell said there was a " violation of a various city policies."
The City Manager in 2009 issued an order that prohibited children in the workplace.
According to the city's investigation, Rundle ignored this memorandum.
Considering the distractions and liabilities in the workplace, the city investigation states this shows poor judgment by Rundle.
The report also highlighted financial concerns.
As an example, staff was enlisted to sell t-shirts that were the property of Rundle's room mates brother.
The report states that city resources should be used to benefit the city ... not for the commercial profit of a third party.
Also, the investigation found rundle rented out city property at a significant discount to her room-mates brother.
The city states this practice should not continue as it presents a conflict of interest.
Rundle served the city of Fort Myers for 12 years.
She received numerous accolades and positive reviews for her performance as a top administrator for the city of Fort Myers.