Information acquired by TR from the Florida Department of Highway and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) this past Friday reveal that the driving records of two of the five Tallahassee City elected officials are tied to an “active criminal investigation” and can’t be released unredacted.
Based on an earlier report by POLITICO, which found Gillum’s records were tied to an “active criminal investigation,” TR requested driving record information for a number of Tallahassee elected officials.
The records associated with current city commissioners Nancy Miller, Gil Ziffer, Curtis Richardson and former Mayor John Marks were provided without redactions.
However, the records associated with City Commissioner Scott Maddox were redacted.
In accordance with Florida law, active criminal intelligence information and active investigative information are exempt from public record.
Also, a DHSMV has previously stated that the reasons “agencies need access may include performing investigations or gathering information as part of their official duties.”
These findings indicate that the two Tallahassee elected officials whose records are tied to an “active criminal investigation” are Mayor Andrew Gillum and City Commissioner Scott Maddox.
However, these new revelations show Gillum has something in common with Maddox who was named in a federal affidavit as an FBI target. The affidavit indicated that Maddox was under investigation for mail fraud and bribery.
In addition, both Maddox and Gillum have taken trips with undercover FBI agents who were posing as developers seeking business with the city of Tallahassee.
Maddox has maintained he has done nothing wrong.
POLITICO previously reported that Gillum’s record “has been accessed by governments or law enforcement agencies. The listing shows Gillum’s records have been accessed 106 times, but a vast majority were redacted by the department, and no specific information could be provided.”
TR found that the data associated with Maddox’s records has been accessed over 150 times with well over 100 redactions.
In comparison, the records of former Mayor John Marks and City Commissioner Nancy Miller were not accessed by any government agencies and had no redactions.
The records of City Commissioner Gil Ziffer were accessed twice with no redactions and the records of City Commissioner Curtis Richardson were accessed nine times with no redactions.
Barry Richard, an attorney for Gillum, told POLITICO that this “public record doesn’t show anything of substance, and as we’ve said, the Mayor is not under investigation. Government agencies frequently cite this statute when any information is redacted.”