"On February 10, 2012, in response
to my conversation with Director Moore, I emailed Clark
to "Please call me today. On February 10, 2012 at
approximately 2:00 pm EST, Clark telephonically
contacted me at the hanger.
I explained to
Clark that I would not select him for a pilot position.
Clark asked why, and I asked him if he wanted to open
this door. He stated, "Yes". I reminded him of our
conversation of the aforementioned, and he responded
with, "that was over 40 years ago...I was just a kid
working on my A&P" or words to this effect.
"Clark then stated "I knew what was
going on but I didn't have a direct hand in it" or words
to this effect. Clark, "I can't believe this" or words
to this effect. Clark then asked "Did Terry Miller
put...." Or words to this effect. I responded that this
was "my decision, not the Colonels, not Director Moor,
and not Terry Miller, it was my decision alone" or words
to this effect.
Clark then stated, "You took
the wind right out of me" or words to this effect.
Clark, then asked, "is there anything I can say to you
to change your mind" or words to this effect. I stated,
"No... I made my decision" or words to this effect.
“At about this time, Trauma Star was
alert toned and I advised Clark I had to go as I was the
duty pilot. After my flight I received the following
email narrative from Clark.
Brooks - Needless
to say how shocked I as to hear your decision after
completing the employment process in hopes of working
for MCSO. I honestly do not remember what I said to you
nor when but believe you have a false impression and
would hope you would agree to a face to face meeting.
You can ask any question and if it does not change your
mind, I will accept it and walk away. Let me know.
Clark asserts he did not have a
conversation with his supervisor in regards fixing
aircraft and selling them to drug smugglers. Thant this
only surfaced when he complained about age
discrimination. That if his supervisor believed this as
a police officer he should have opened an investigation
and that there is no evidence that such a conversation
took place. Clark asserts his rights were violated when
these allegations became public and then he was not
afforded due process in responding to these allegations
as required under the 14th amendment.
In a sworn affidavit, Clark’s
supervisor stated that “during the hiring process for a
Chief Pilot position, I spoke to Mr. David Clark
regarding the background process and the starting
salary. Mr. Clark advised me that he would only accept a
salary of $90,000, well in excess of what the Sheriffs
Office was willing to pay.
“Fortunately, a far more qualified
candidate, Terry. Miller, and two other individuals also
applied for this position. Mr. Miller is a US Naval
Academy Graduate, career US Naval Officer and Naval
Aviator with nine years of emergency medical experience,
a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
Certificate, street level law enforcement experience as
well as airborne law enforcement experience with another
Florida Sheriff's Office. Mr. Miller agreed to the
starting salary and was ultimately selected.
“Subsequently, I telephonically
offered a line pilot position to Mr. Clark. He did not
accept the position. He stated that he would only accept
a starting salary of $75,000.00 dollars. I then
contacted Robert Johnson, a 15 years S-76 Instructor and
veteran pilot. Johnson accepted the position.
“Approximately two weeks later, Mr.
Clark contacted me telephonically and said he had
changed his mind and would like to accept the position.
I explained to Mr. Clark that we had already hired a
pilot for the position.