‘Extremely alarming’: Mount Dora mayor raises concerns over city manager’s performance

MOUNT DORA, Fla. — There is a battle brewing in the city of Mount Dora over how the city is being run.

This week, Mayor Crissy Stile blasted City Manager Patrick Comiskey and offered him a chance to resign.


The mayor criticized Comiskey about many things, including that he’s driving workers out of the city.

“What I’m about to initiate is probably the most uncomfortable conversation I’ve ever had to have in my life,” Stile said.

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Comiskey has been in charge of day-to-day operations of the city for the past year and a half. He was hired by the council a little over a month before the mayor was elected and she said she isn’t impressed.

“At this point, right now, what’s happening in our city is alarming. Extremely alarming,” Stile said.

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Stile told city council members Comiskey disrespects workers and makes poor decisions. She also blamed him for an exodus of employees since he took office.

“Fifty-four of 98 people left because they were not happy with their job in the city of Mount Dora,” she said.

The city’s had an interim fire chief for nearly two years and an interim police chief for nearly a year since Chief Brett Meade resigned. That job hasn’t been posted yet.

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But other council members said they don’t want to rush to judgment.

“Patrick is an employee also. And is there another avenue for correction? I’m a benefit of doubt guy.  I wouldn’t want to make a decision like that tonight,” said District 5 Commissioner Nate Walker.

One council member pointed out that Comiskey’s had good reviews and the board gave him a raise.

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Comiskey said he knew the mayor didn’t like him back in October, but pledged to work with her and said he wants to work with everybody and doesn’t want to step aside.

“Patrick, I would like to offer you the opportunity to resign your position because I don’t think you’re at retirement age, and I do want to offer you that opportunity,” Stile said.

“Uh, I decline,” Comiskey replied.

The council decided it would have individual council members and the city attorney meet with him, and they would conduct an anonymous survey with employees who work directly with him.

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Jeff Deal

Jeff Deal, WFTV.com

I joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in 2006.

Sarah Wilson

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.