Nine of North Port's top government employees will earn salaries totaling close to $1 million this year, each making far above the city's median household income of $50,855.
But, if the public wants to see how these city executives are performing, they will not find recent written reviews at City Hall.
North Port's assistant city manager, police chief, fire chief, economic development coordinator and five of its department directors have not received written performance evaluations in years.
Less than a year ago, a doctor hired by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office determined that Capt. Mike Pelfrey was unfit for duty as a captain, according to records obtained by the Herald-Tribune.
The city will revisit recent changes to its public records policy after concerns were raised by the state's First Amendment Foundation.
Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, said the changes North Port approved would make it harder for the public and the media to get public records. And one of the changes, she said, violates state law.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is determining whether it will criminally investigate a North Port police officer who is also the subject of a legal complaint involving allegations of false arrest and injuries to a 54-year-old North Port man who had been evicted from his home.
A Herald-Tribune analysis found that accidents on I-75 between River Road and Toledo Blade in South Sarasota County increased 81.5 percent from January through May compared with a similar period in 2012, before construction in the area started a year later.
The number of accidents causing injuries has spiked 87.5 percent.
In five years, Officer Josh Shelton Officer Josh Shelton has violated department disciplinary standards five times.
He's also accused of false arrest in a pending lawsuit for taking an 80-year-old to jail in 2015 for DUI when she was actually suffering from a ministroke.
Now, questions about his conduct have extended from active duty to the classroom.
After 24 years working for North Port and more than a decade as city clerk, Helen Raimbeau will retire this July. But the city is moving toward keep her on the payroll as a consultant for at least six months after that, even though she will be receiving retirement benefits.