Ex-Volusia County Manager Jim Dinneen in brief phone call: 'I'm done'

Volusia County Chair Frank Bruno in 2012 / Headline SurferJoshua J Wagner / Headline SurferJim Gillum / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer photos / Shown here speaking into the microphone is then-County Chair Frank Bruno in this display photo from his 2012 State of the County Address at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. Shown to his left facing the audience are County Attorney Dan Eckert and At-Large County Councilwoman Joyce Cusack. And to Bruno's right are then-County Councilman Joshua J. Wagner (face partially obscured) and then-County Mager Jim Dinneen. Shown in the smaller image is Wagner from 2013 and Jim Gillum from his Facebook page.

Henry Frederick / Headline SurferBy HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer
Column: People, Places & Things

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- I was driving back from an appointment about 9 p.m. when I hit speed dial on my cell phone to call a valued source: Jim Gillum, former sheriff of Pasco County and a candidate for the 2016 sheriff's race in 2016 here in Volusia County.

This is the brief exchange just after 8:30 p.m. Monday:
Question: "Jim, how's it going?"
Answer: Pretty good. What's up?"
Question: I just got some more intel on Chitwood and Post and I'm going to start writing. I'm excited. How about you?
"Answer: "I'm done! I'm done with this. I'm out of this for good!"
Question: "Jim, what are you talking about? Why? I thought you wanted to help me?"
Answer: "Look, I'm not getting into it. I'm done, I have to make a call."
My response: "Oh, OK, Talk to you later, bye."

I was kind of worked up about it, thinking to myself, "Why would he bail on me like this?" I pulled off the road and checked my phone. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I hit the wrong phone contact: It wasn't Jim Gillum that I was talking to. Of all people, it was Jim Dinneen, the former county manager!

I was relieved I hadn't lost a valuable source. But I felt bad because the voice on the other end sounded kind of sad. So I texted Dinneen this message at 8:36 p.m.: "Jim, I'm sorry. I meant to call Jim Gillum."  

There was no response. I can just imagine what he might have been thinking. Something like 'Why can't they leave me alone?"

Who knows, but there's nothing I can do about it now except to just move on. I jotted his number down in a notebook of source numbers and deleted his name from my cell phone.

Now the only "Jim" in my active phone contacts is Jim Gillum.




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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.