DeBary Mayor Clinton Johnson on the hot seat

Florida DeBary Mayor has no plans to apologize for ‘troll’ comment

Posted: 3:34 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

Unless you have been in his shoes you have no real reason to be shocked about his remarks?

Don’t get me wrong, there are some good people that want the best for their state, city, town and neighbors, that are on committees, rear as that might be?

I can tell you from many years being involved, that the majority of people that come out for meeting are looking to complain about something that only involving that person, family or their business and many times disrupts the whole meeting because of a lack of knowledge and/or could care less about protocol!



Many times the only people a town, city or state can get on committees, do not care about the town, city or the state, they are there only for what the committee can do for them!



DeBary Mayor called public “Troll’s!” and the Council members “Jerks!”

DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson has come under fire for calling City Council members jerks, members of the public attending meetings the peanut gallery and some individuals trolls.

Now facing a censure from the City Council, Johnson said they shouldn’t count on an apology anytime soon.

When asked why he called two people trolls during a meeting, Johnson said, “Because they are.”

Raw: DeBary mayor discusses controversial statements

Johnson said he’s just telling it like it is and doesn’t plan to tone down his rhetoric.

“I’m just dealing with it the best way I know how, and I’ve tried ignoring it for months and I’m done with it,” he said.

Johnson was elected when he was 28 years old and is the youngest mayor in Volusia County.

Members of the City Council are not amused by his antics and believe Johnson’s comments are making the city look bad.

“One doesn’t get what they want out of an individual by calling them a troll or a member of the peanut gallery,” City Council member Rick Dwyer said. “I think it’s inappropriate for a leader to refer to people by disparaging names.”

Johnson stands by his comments and calls the threat of a censure a distraction.

“Let’s focus on city business, and if the people (don’t) like me, don’t vote for me again,” he said.

A censure would have no real penalties other than to publicly admonish the mayor. Johnson said he will not be embarrassed if that happens.


DeBary mayor’s ‘behavior’ on City Council agenda

By Mark Harper

Published: Wednesday, September 2, 2015