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Posted on September 24, 2017
Tallahassee Reports has learned from sources that Edison owner Adam Corey had discussions about a job for a former Edison employee with city manager Rick Fernandez.
In 2016, when the discussions took place, Corey was a vendor with the City of Tallahassee and a registered lobbyists representing multiple interests before the City Commission.
In January 2017, the former Edison employee at the center of the discussion, Eddie Kring, was hired into a position that was only advertised to people in the city’s communications department where Kring had previously secured a part-time job.
Kring was hired into the full-time position by the head of communications department, Alison Faris, who reports directly to city manager Rick Fernandez.
The discussions of possible employment would have come during 2016 when City Manager Fernandez received a $5,000 “owners discount” from the Edison on a catering event for a member of his family.
Tallahassee Reports published a story about the catering discount which took place in March 2016.
Both the Florida Commission on Ethics and the city’s Independent Ethics Board is investigating the discount and the hiring of Eddie Kring.
Also in 2016, Tallahassee Reports confirmed that city manager Rick Fernandez received a number of football tickets directly from Adam Corey for exclusive seats in a private box at Doak Campbell stadium.
Sources say the tickets were distributed to city employees and members of the city manager’s family.
Sources also say that the alleged undercover FBI agents bought several season tickets from Mr. Corey during the 2016 FSU season.
The Florida Commission on Ethics is also investigating the the ticket issue.
This latest revelation adds to the connections between city manager Rick Fernandez and Adam Corey, who is a central player in the federal investigation of public corruption.