The recent shooting at a Palm Beach condominium reminds us all that the place we call home is also a place of business for thousands of professionals across the state. Jeremy Holland, CAM was shot in the head at close range by a former employee.
In a story that ran recently by WPBF reporter, Chris MGrath it says “Charles Croghan, 72, is charged with attempted murder, accused of shooting his former boss last Friday (October 3, 2014).
Croghan, a former doorman at a Palm Beach condo, fired just one shot at close range, striking the property manager, Jeremy Holland, in the head, according to the probable cause affidavit.”
McGrath’s story goes on to say ‘Court documents show Croghan shot his former boss in a management office then walked back into the front lobby where a secretary confronted him.
Investigators with the Palm Beach Police Department wrote Croghan pointed his gun at the woman and said, “You’re next. You want one of these?”’
FCAP – Florida Community Association Professionals continues to promote awareness of community associations as a professional industry in this state. In a June, 2014 article relationship columnist Betsy Barbieux, CAM, CFCAM defines workplace violence; “According to the Department of Labor, workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening, disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide.” https://www.fcapgroup.com/flcaj/flcaj-articles/relations-factions-ethics-bullies-and-workplace-violence/
As a unit or homeowner in a community association what can an association do to protect employees and residents from harm? Adia Walker with Florida Community Association Journal writes, “Life safety should be a priority for all community associations who want to protect their residents and staff while providing a quality environment for people to work and live. Proper preventative actions, careful planning, thorough implementation, and continual maintenance can reduce threats to your community while building peace of mind for your association.” https://www.fcapgroup.com/flcaj/flcaj-articles/life-safety/
McGrath’s October 7 report states that Mr. Holland remained in critical condition at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. A phone call by FCAP to St. Mary’s Medical Center to check on the condition of Mr. Holland was not returned. FCAP wishes Jeremy Holland and his family the best during this difficult time. It is indeed important to note that yes, community associations are where we call home but our homes are also part of an industry and a workplace for thousands. FCAP will continue to promote awareness of the community association industry through its Family of Services.