In an email recovered by Tallahassee Reports through a records request for city commissioner emails, City Commissioner Nancy Miller refused to meet with the ethics team that is pushing to establish more authority for the city’s Independent Ethics Board.
The statement by Commissioner Miller came in response to a meeting request from Peter Butzin.
“I hope you and Sally are having a great vacation. Hopefully safe from weather events! Yes we can sit down to chat, but I’m agreeing to meet with you, not the entire ethics team, and that agreement is based on our longtime relationship and my respect for all you and Sally do for this community and beyond.”
See email below.
It appears not only is Miller refusing to meet with the ethics team, but she is only meeting with Peter Buztin based on “our longtime relationship.”
The ethics team referred to in the email consist of Butzin, Ben Wilcox, Marlyn Wills and Catherine Baer. This group has been monitoring the activities of the city’s Ethics Board since the Board’s creation by referendum in 2014.
The ethics team has recently met with a number of city commissioners and, based on news reports, these meetings resulted in Commissioner Ziffer asking for a city workshop on how to address the issues with the current ethics ordinance.
Ms. Miller goes on to say that she is concerned about the establishment of rules that result in “requirements so limiting and undefined that most people who do business in Tallahassee become simply ineligible to take on the responsibility of elected office.”
Commissioner Miller then went on to defend her position:
“In my case, my main sin, if you will, is that in 2008 I married a longtime city employee, who by the way I don’t (at home or at work) control or supervise.”
The city’s auditor recently launched an investigation into the contracts issue.