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Posted on July 26, 2016
TR has learned that State Attorney Willie Meggs is investigating the pension payment calculation of former City Commissioner Debbie Lightsey.
TR reported about the issue in March. Since then the City’s Independent Ethic’s Board took up a complaint but decided not to move forward because the complaint failed “to state a violation of the City’s Ethic Code.”
When presenting her recommendation to the Board, the Ethic Officer Julie Meadows-Keefe stated “No factual investigation preceded this review, and therefore this recommendation does not reflect on the accuracy of the allegations of the Complaint.”
At issue is the difference between the city commissioner salary as defined in the City’s Charter, which is approximately $36,000, and the salary that was used to calculate Ms. Lightsey’s monthly pension. The City used a salary of approximately $58,000 for the pension calculation.
Dr. Erwin Jackson, who filed the original complaint with the Ethics Board, told TR that he talked to Mr. Meggs about the issue a couple of weeks ago.
Meggs told the Tallahassee Democrat that he assigned an investigator to the case and wants to know why former city Commissioner Debbie Lightsey’s retirement benefit is based on a salary higher than what the city’s charter dictates.