Lost in the media’s coverage of the letter of admonishment by Tallahassee’s Independent Ethics Board to City Manager Rick Fernandez were the ethics recommendations proposed by Mayor Andrew Gillum.
The breadth and content of Gillum’s recommendations, which were discussed by the Ethics Board last week, was surprising given his previous position on various ethics initiatives.
The recommendations, listed below, address a number of controversial issues currently facing the City of Tallahassee.
For example, Gillum’s recommendations forbids campaign donations, campaign activity, and business transactions with elected officials by city vendors who do more than $5,000 in business each year with the City of Tallahassee.
In addition, the Mayor’s recommendations include fines for lobbyists and organizations that fail to register with the City of Tallahassee and a provision for an anonymous complaint process to address bullying of city employees by an elected official.
The Independent Ethics Board went through the Mayor’s recommendations and each Board member adopted a proposal to research and report back to the Ethics Board at their next meeting.