The City of Tallahassee was served with another federal subpoena by the US District Court dated September 6th, 2017. The subpoena asked for more information related to the FBI corruption investigation.
However, even though City Commissioner Nancy Miller was made aware of the subpoena days after it arrived at city hall, the public was not informed about the latest turn in the investigation until someone leaked the information to the Tallahassee Democrat.
In a curious communications strategy, it appears City Attorney Lew Shelley decided to pick and choose which commissioners to tell about the latest subpoena.
For example, the Tallahassee Democrat reported that Shelley informed City Commissioner Nancy Miller, but not City Commissioner Curtis Richardson.
Why did Shelley choose to tell Nancy Miller about the subpoenas?
The subpoena asked the city to provide five years worth of communications from Scott Maddox as both an individual and a commissioner; any of Maddox’s aides both formal and informal and including but not limited to Allie Merzer Fleming and Paige Carter-Smith.
The request also sought communications involving Gary Yordon. Yordon has significant political and business ties to City Commissioner Nancy Miller.
Miller worked with Yordon with the TAPP program as a consultant for the City of Tallahassee before she was elected to the city commission in 2010.
A business affiliated with Yordon and Paige Carter-Smith was awarded the TAPP contract after Miller was elected to the commission.
In June of this year, Dr. Karen Rubin, the TAPP Progam Coordinator from 2012-2014, told TR that City Commissioner Nancy Miller directed city staff to take the steps needed to assure the TAPP program contract would be awarded to a business controlled by Paige Carter-Smith and affiliated with Gary Yordon.
Also, Yordon was a consultant in Miller’s 2010 campaign for city commission.
Another important question for Commissioner Miller is why did she not inform the public about the latest subpoena?
The subpoena is a public record and Commissioner Miller had the opportunity to address the issue at the latest commission meeting.
Instead, she and City Attorney Shelley remained quiet.
Furthermore, why didn’t the City of Tallahassee’s management use the Communication’s Department to inform the community about the federal subpoena?
No one at the City of Tallahassee is talking.