Tallahassee Reports has learned that the City of Tallahassee’s Technology and Innovation Department, headed by Jonathan Kilpatrick, employs the step-son of City Commissioner Nancy Miller and the daughter of City Manager Rick Fernandez.
In addition, TR has verified that Kilpatrick’s wife works with the City of Tallahassee and his daughter, Cowan Kilpatrick Duggar, was recently hired in the city’s Gas Administration Department.
The latest city organizational chart indicates Mr. Kilpatrick reports directly to the City Manager Rick Fernandez.
These revelations come after a City of Tallahassee audit found an “appearance of conflict” related to transactions between City Commissioner Nancy Miller’s husband, John Buss – a city employee – and his brother, a city vendor.
Kilpatrick was part of the controversial city reorganization that took place in early 2016 after the appointment of Rick Fernandez as City Manager. The reorganization resulted in a 15% raise increasing his salary to $130,000. Also, he became a direct report to City Manager Rick Fernandez.
Before the reorganization, Kilpatrick was the Manager of the Business and Information Technology for the City of Tallahassee Underground Utilities. He was first employed with the City of Tallahassee in 2009.
Also during the reorganization, the daughter of Rick Fernandez, Kristina Fernandez, was moved to a position under Kilpatrick in the Technology and Innovation Department.
Based on a city organizational chart, Kristina Fernandez’s immediate supervisor within Kilpatrick’s department is Turqouis James.
TR verified, after receiving tips from disgruntled city workers, that Ms. James was awarded a promotion during the reorganization that resulted in a 27% pay raise in 2016.
TR also verified that City Commissioner Nancy Miller’s step-son works under Kilpatrick. TR first reported about the city’s employment of City Commissioner Miller’s step-son in July.
TR has also verified that Mr. Kilpatrick’s wife – Donna Kilpatrick – took a job with the Water Quality Department in 2014.
And finally, recently TR was alerted by sources and verified that Jonathan Kilpatrick’s daughter was hired in a temporary position in June of this year in the Gas Administration Department.
Sources within the city have complained to TR about friends and family receiving preferential treatment when it comes to open jobs, promotions, and raises.
Sources say that these actions by management, coupled with the recent layoffs have resulted in morale problems with the city’s rank and file employees.