Feb 13, 2020 9:54 PM

St. Joseph City Manager Woody offered job in Florida

Posted Feb 13, 2020 9:54 PM
St. Joseph City Manager Bruce Woody/Photo courtesy St. Joseph city government
St. Joseph City Manager Bruce Woody/Photo courtesy St. Joseph city government

By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

St. Joseph City Manager Bruce Woody has been offered a new job in Florida, but has not officially resigned his position with the city.

Mayor Bill McMurray says it is too soon to talk of Woody’s resignation.

“Bruce has not sent any formal notice to the city council, because things have not been finalized with the organization down in Florida,” McMurray tells St. Joseph Post.

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority has voted to offer its executive director position to Woody, but his contract has not been finalized. The position is said to pay between $160,000 and $225,000 annually.

Woody has been with St. Joseph city government for a long time. He first came to the city as part of the Public Works Department in 1995, eventually becoming Public Works Director. Woody has served as St. Joseph City Manager for eight years.

McMurray will call for a closed-door executive session of the city council next week to discuss the matter.

“It probably will come to pass and if it does, we would be prepared to hit the ground running, tying up details for Bruce here in St. Joe and finding an interim city manager and putting out an RFP (request for proposals) for a search firm for the new city manager,” McMurray says.

This news didn’t originate in St. Joseph. It appears it leaked out of Florida and a quick search of the Internet discloses news media reporting on the intention of Emerald Coast to hire Woody as early as Monday. It took a while to filter down to here.

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Two women arrested after caging autistic 9-year-old
Katrina England photo Daviess-DeKalb Co. Jail

By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

Two Maysville women who admit they locked a 9-year-old autistic child in a cage have been charged with child abuse.

The Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office reports the child’s mother, 35-year-old Katrina England, and her wife, 39-year-old Debra England, have been charged with child abuse and child endangerment

The office says deputies and workers with the Children’s Division responded to allegations of abuse, neglect, unsanitary living conditions, and possible drug use at a Maysville home.

Debra England photo Daviess-DeKalb Co. Jail

Deputies found the child's bunk style bed was fashioned with 2x4's running vertical on the bottom bunk to keep the child from escaping, along with a plywood door. The bottom bunk did not have a mattress, only a sleeping bag.

Deputies says the house had animal feces, urine stains, and cigarette butts scattered on the floor, as well as cockroaches and unsanitary conditions in the kitchen. Trash was piled on the front porch. Ceiling rafters were visible in the living room.

According to the sheriff’s office, the two women admitted they locked the child in the cage for 12 hours at a time. The child was also left in a locked cage when the house was empty.

Deputies arrested the women. The child has been taken into protective custody with the Department of Social Services.