Everyone lies on their resume, right? No harm, no foul? Not quite. Claiming a credential on your resume that’s not accurate constitutes a lie. A lie that can come back to haunt you in ways you may not expect.

Resume fraud, which can take the form of intentional inclusion of false information, embellishment of otherwise accurate information, or omission of relevant information in an effort to deceive, is a growing problem.

In May of 2015 I submitted an extensive file to the Florida Bar and asked them to determine if Planning and Zoning Board member Glen E. Gromann had been ‘economical with the truth’ with respect to his professional credentials and to investigate whether or not he may have been guilty of Unlicensed Practice of Law (UPL)

On or around February 12, 2016 the Florida Bar subsequently referred that file to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee “B”. On September 28th 2016 that Committee closed the case based on the acceptance of a cease and desist affidavit and Mr. Gromann agreed not to engage in any activities which would constitute unlicensed practice of law under existing decisions of the Supreme Court of Florida.

The Society for Human Resource Management (https://www.shrm.org/) has conducted research into resume fraud to determine the specific factors that lead some people to lie on a resume. Among their key findings:

  • People who had committed deviant acts in the past were more likely to have fraudulent resumes.
  • Envy regarding how others are doing was related to increased resume fraud.
  • People with lower levels of moral identity were more likely to commit resume fraud.

UPL is only the latest in a number of concerns that voters have raised questioning Mr. Gromann’s fitness to retain his seat on the important and powerful Planning & Zoning Board – a seat he uses to promote his developer friendly agenda while intimidating those who disagree with him.

In the meantime city council members seem incapable or unwilling to address this. What, we should ask, does this say about the ‘values’ that drive decision making within our city government? [Values are the beliefs or ideals shared by the members of a culture about what is good or bad and about what is desirable or undesirable]. When I go to an organization as part of my work and I want to determine the core values that are guiding that organization, I don’t pay much attention to the rhetoric on their website or the posters on their walls – I pay attention instead to – what is rewarded; what is measured; what is taught; who is hired; who is fired; and who is listened to. In other words I pay attention to what they do. It is my repetitive experience that what people are hearing and what they are seeing are almost never in alignment. The ‘audio’ is rarely connected to the ‘video’.

The City Council has the right to remove any member of the Planning and Zoning Board from office ‘for cause after notice of hearing, upon the affirmative vote of a majority of the city council membership’.  Mayor Haynie and council members Singer, Rodgers, Mullaugh and Weinroth should initiate an urgent investigation into this matter to determine if Mr. Gromann should be removed from the Planning and Zoning Board for cause. Thank you.