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Posted on November 13, 2017
Documents provided to the FBI show that Paige Carter-Smith was copied on several city emails dealing with the City’s “Request for Proposals/Recyclable Materials Processing Services” which was ultimately awarded to Marpan Recycling in February 2013.
Ms. Carter-Smith was the only non-bidder copied on the email. The email address used by Carter-Smith was “firstname.lastname@example.org” which is an email associated with Governance, a government consulting firm.
Governance was owned by City Commissioner Scott Maddox until it was sold to Carter-Smith in 2010.
This year a federal grand jury issued subpoenas in June seeking documents involving the City of Tallahassee and the Community Redevelopment Agency’s interactions with local business people and their firms.
The grand jury issued another subpoena in September seeking communications to and from Maddox and his close friend Paige Carter-Smith, executive director of the Downtown Improvement Authority.
The email below shows that Edwin Rodriguez, the city’s Purchasing Supervisor, sent out an email that was copied to bidders that included Marpan Recycling, Republic Services, Kessler Consulting and Pratt Industries.
The email “email@example.com” was included with the bidders.
Ms. Carter-Smith was included on three other emails that were sent between January 16, 2013 and February 6, 2013.
At the time of some of the emails, Carter-Smith was acting as the aide to Commissioner Scott Maddox, who was elected in November of 2012.
The emails do not reveal why Carter-Smith was included in the communications and she was a not a registered lobbyist with the city at the time.
Commissioner Scott Maddox was absent when the city commission voted to award the contract to Marpan Recycling, who was determined to be the top ranked respondent.
However, after negotiations between city staff and Marpan, Maddox voted with the other four members of the city commission, in September of 2013, to authorize the City Manager to execute a 10-year agreement (with two optional 5-year contract extensions) with Marpan Recycling, LLC.