Following more revelations about questionable behavior by City of Tallahassee officials, Mayor Andrew Gillum and Tallahassee’s four city commissioners took the unusual step of posting a letter on the city’s Talgov.com homepage.
The letter acknowledges the community concerns over the FBI investigation and the recent questions surrounding the actions of City Manager Rick Fernandez.
However, the elected officials make clear there will be no action taken with regards to any allegations until various investigations are complete.
Over the last few months, discussions about the FBI and recent accusations about the City Manager have some in our community concerned. The City is fully cooperating with all official investigations, and we want to respect the investigations as those agencies complete their work. Once they have presented their findings, we can address them fairly and with impartiality.
In addition, the letter states that the city commission has moved to strengthen the City’s ethic rules.
We understand that citizens may be concerned because of the investigations. As a Commission, we are working to strengthen our policies and practices to ensure we uphold the public’s trust. At our workshop on Oct. 25, we unanimously voted to adopt every recommendation brought forth by the Independent Ethics Board, with a change to one word so that the language remains consistent with the State.
However, the letter failed to mention that the Mayor and city commissioners adopted other rules that would weaken the ability for ethical behavior to be identified and investigated by the Independent Ethics Board.
And finally, the letter asks the citizens to overlook the “negativity” of recent revelations and to remember that they – the elected officials – are trustworthy.
Let’s not let the negativity of the moment overshadow the good work that is happening, nor distract us from the important work that must be done. Your trust has not been misplaced.
The full letter can be read at www.talgov.com