With a 4-3 vote, the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority (DIA) moved to retain Paige Carter-Smith as the CEO. The DIA attorney will gather more information and revisit the topic at the next meeting.
Carter-Smith was named in a probable cause affidavit search warrant which was recently issued in the corruption investigation into city hall activities. The probable cause affidavit alleged City Commissioner Scott Maddox was accepting bribes via Carter-Smith’s consulting company, Governance Inc.
During the public speaking section of the meeting, Dr. Erwin Jackson, Barney Bishop, and David Ericks addressed the board.
The speakers noted the difficulties the Board was facing with the corruption investigation and the absences of some members.
Leon County Commissioner John Dailey, and DIA members Chris Dudley and Cynthia Tunnicliff voted against the motion to delay action.
Dailey argued that there needed to be some kind of separation between Carter-Smith and the DIA.
Among those voting to keep Carter-Smith was City Commissioner Nancy Miller. This vote comes days after Miller told local media that the allegations laid out in an FBI search warrant was “not good for Scott. It’s not good for Paige and it’s certainly not good for the city as a whole.”
Also, TR has recently written about Miller’s connections with Governance and Carter-Smith.
Others voting to keep Carter-Smith on the DIA included Claudia Davant, Bill Moor and Scott Dick.
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Greg Marr Jr. of Freedom 93.3 contributed to this report.