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Posted on October 5, 2016
The City of Tallahassee filed a motion in the second judicial circuit court in Leon County on Wednesday seeking jurisdiction over the question raised by Dr. Erwin Jackson about the residency of City Commissioner Scott Maddox.
Dr. Jackson brought an action seeking a judicial decision stating that Scott Maddox is ineligible to sit as a city commissioner and invalidating the results of the election held on August 30, 2016.
Our previous report on the issue can be read here.
In the City’s motion to intervene, Assistant City Attorney Louis C. Norvell wrote:
The Charter of the City of Tallahassee provides that the Tallahassee City Commission is the judge of the qualifications of its members and the determination as to whether Mr. Maddox is eligible to sit on the City Commission is reserved to the Commission. Section 13 of the City Charter states: “The commission shall be the judge of the election and qualification of its own members subject to review by the courts.” Therefore, the City Commission is the exclusive forum for the initial determination as to the qualification of Mr. Maddox to sit as a commissioner.
The last time the City of Tallahassee addressed a residency issue was with the election of Mayor John Marks back in the early 2000’s.
Mr. Marks, whose residence was outside the City of Tallahassee boundaries, qualified as a candidate using the address of a town-home he owned within the city limits. Shortly after winning the election and being installed as Mayor, the City Commission voted to annex his residence.