At the Martin County Board of County Commission meeting on Tuesday, December 12, Rick Hartman, president of One Martin, along with Ted Astolfi, CEO of the Economic Council of Martin County spoke during public comment.
Specifically, Mr. Astolfi read a letter into the record requesting the resignation of Commissioner’s Heard and Fielding for their violation of the public trust. The letter was endorsed by the Economic Council of Martin County, along with the Palm City Chamber of Commerce, the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Martin County Farm Bureau and One Martin.
One Martin felt compelled to sign onto the letter for several reasons. Paramount to the workings of a local government is a presumed trust that our elected officials will operate in a transparent and lawful manner as it relates to the public’s business. Commissioners Heard and Fielding’s alleged actions, and the alleged actions of former Commissioner Scott, have effectively eroded the public’s trust in their ability to carry out their elected duties, in an open, impartial and transparent manner...