One day after the City of Tallahassee elected officials said they would wait until the ethics investigation into City Manager Rick Fernandez accepting football tickets from a city lobbyist was complete, Fernandez has decided to take paid administrative leave.
Tallahassee Reports first broke the story about the City Manager taking football tickets from Adam Corey in August, 2017.
A City of Tallahassee press release issued just before 5:00 P.M. today stated:
Today, Tallahassee City Manager Ricardo “Rick” Fernandez notified the City Commission that he will be taking administrative leave effective immediately until the matter before the Florida Commission on Ethics is resolved.
The decision comes after City Commissioner Gil Ziffer informed his colleagues on Monday that he had asked Fernandez to place an item on the city’s November 8th agenda addressing his suspension until the investigation was complete.