99. CRA Director Kevin Fall puts onus on NSB city manager in 2009 resignation after being stopped for speeding, booze

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New Smyrna Beach CRA Director Kevin Fakll resigned in 2009 amid a scandal / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® photos
CRA Director Kevin Fall doesn't address the Nov. 14, 2009, motor vehicle stop in his resignation for which he was issued tickets charging him with driving with an open container of alcohol, speeding and driving without insurance, but he refers instead to not being allowed to perform his intended duties over the past four months -- an indirect reference to what he believed was micro-managing by the interim city manager.
 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Then-Interim City Manager Pamela Brangaccio had her first scandal to deal with as 2009 was winding down: Then-CRA Director Kevin Fall quit after an embarrassing traffic stop made headlines rather than enter a counseling program. He even blamed her for his troubles.

Fall made no reference to being ticketed that Nov. 14 on charges of driving with an open container, speeding and driving without his registration, when he handed in his letter of resignation the end of that month. 

He didn't defend himself. He didn't apologize. 

Instead, Fall gave an entirely different reason for resigning effective Dec. 23, writing in part: "During the course of the past four months, I have come to understand that my knowledge, skills and abilities are not being utilized in such a capacity as to further my goals as a successful local government development practitioner."

Then-CRA Directyor Kevin Fall in 2009 blamed the NSB city manager for his problems Headline Surfer®Then-CRA Director Kevin Fall made no reference to being ticketed that Nov. 14 on charges of driving with an open container, speeding and driving without his registration, when he handed in his letter of resignation the end of that month. He didn't defend himself. He didn't apologize. 

Instead, Fall gave an entirely different reason for resigning effective Dec. 23, writing in part: "During the course of the past four months, I have come to understand that my knowledge, skills and abilities are not being utilized in such a capacity as to further my goals as a successful local government development practitioner."

City Hall insiders say Fall was upset with management style of Brangaccio, who issued him a written reprimand the following Monday after his weekend motor vehicle stop. She chastised Fall for not reporting the incident to her before she was notified by the police.

The traffic stop was reported exclusively by NSBNEWS.net, the predecessor name to HeadlinerSurfer.com. Fall abruptly resigned, the day after he was reprimanded in writing for a Nov. 14 motor vehicle stop that resulted in tickets charging him with driving with an open container of alcohol, speeding and driving without registration. Fall's resignation was confirmed that Thanksgiving morning by Mayor Adam Barringer, who declined to comment further.

Fall has not returned calls for comment left with his staff Fall's last appearance before the City Commission was a week ago earlier when he answered some brief questions regarding CRA matters.

After that meeting, Brangaccio told the 24/7 internet newspaper that Fall had been issued a written warning and instructed to get follow-up care through the city's Employee Assistance Program, which provides a host of programs. She declined to be more specific.

However, Brangaccio said Fall apologized to her for the Nov. 14 motor vehicle stop that resulted in him receiving three tickets, including one charging him with driving with an open container of alcohol.

Brangaccio said she reviewed a police videotape of the stop and felt re-assured that Fall was not intoxicated behind the wheel. Brangaccio said Fall understood the embarrassment he caused himself and the city, especially as a department head, and that the city does not condone drinking and driving by its employees, on or off the job.

Brangaccio wrote in the reprimand to Fall: "As an official in your capacity as the CRA Executive Director, you have an obligation to conduct yourself in an appropriate and professional manner. This incident has caused embarrassment for both you and the city. The conduct that you exhibited and the lack of notification of this incident causes me great concern."

New Smyrnaa Beach City Manager Pam Brangaccio / Headline Surfer®Then-Interim City Manager Pamela Brangaccio Brangaccio wrote in the reprimand to New Smyrna Beach CRA Director Kevin Fall: "As an official in your capacity as the CRA Executive Director, you have an obligation to conduct yourself in an appropriate and professional manner. This incident has caused embarrassment for both you and the city. The conduct that you exhibited and the lack of notification of this incident causes me great concern." 

NSB CRA Director Kevin Fall 2009 discipline paperwork / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® graphic /
The snapshot at left is of the discipline notice given then-CRA Director Kevin Fall in 2009 by City Manager Pamela Brangaccio after he was stopped on the beachside and ticketed for several offenses, including speeding, driving without insurance and driving with open containers of alcohol. Fall subsequently quit, but not before alluding to the then-city manager without naming her directly as a cause of his problems.

 

Fall was stopped 6:53 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in his 2001 Isuzu in the 3300 block of Saxon Ave., near East 226th Ave., by New Smyrna Beach police officer Joe Hunchard on a charge of driving 51 mph in a 35 mph zone.

At the scene, an open container of alcohol was spotted on the passenger side of his car and he did not have his registration with him, police said.

Fall, 45, identified himself as a city employee, but that had no bearing on the issuance of tickets, police said.

Fall is paid nearly $65,000 annually as director of the city's CRA, which is responsible for millions in street and business enhancement projects.

He had been employed with the city since Sept. 24, 2007. As department head for the CRA, Fall supervised three employees and was responsible for an annual operating budget of $2.09 million.

FAST FACTS: Citations/dispositions Kevin Fall

• Open Container Alcohol in vehicle-driver: Guilty plea entered Dec.8, 2009, $151 fine assessed and paid, adjudicated guilty by Volusia County Judge Shirley Green on that date, who handled other citations below, too.
• Unlawful Speed (51 in a 35): No contest plea entered, adjudication of guilt withheld (driver improvement school), assessed & paid fine of $241.
• Fail to Display Registration: No contest plea entered, assessed fad paid fine of $101, charge subsequently dismissed with payment of fine.

Did You Know?

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for Americans aged 2 through 33 and motor vehicle crash in- juries are a major health care problem in the United States. Alcohol-related crashes are a substantial portion of this problem. Consider:
■ Alcohol involvement remains the leading factor in motor vehicle deaths.
■ Impaired driving is the most frequently committed violent crime in the United States.
■ While only 6 percent of all police reported crashes involve alcohol use, 41 percent of all fatal crashes involve the use of alcohol.
■ Every 30 minutes, someone is killed in the United States in an alcohol- related crash.
■ It is estimated that alcohol-related crashes in the United States have an annual cost of more than $50 billion.
 
 
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