Seven months after Tallahassee Reports broke the story about City Manager Rick Fernandez soliciting $500 football tickets from city lobbyist and city vendor Adam Corey, the interim city manager, Reece Goad, is still investigating allegations that other city employees also used tickets provided by Corey.
City Manager Rick Fernadez eventually resigned his position because of the scandal.
Tallahassee Reports has previously published a story about the city’s head of Human Resources, Ellen Blair, receiving football tickets that provided access to Corey’s football skybox on multiple occasions.
TR also reported that Mayor Gillum’s Chief of Staff, Dustin Daniels, received tickets from Corey.
On November 11, 2017 the City’s Independent Ethics Board received a complaint about city employees receiving football tickets and noted at their November meeting that the matter, as per Board Bylaws require, was reported to the “Acting City Manager for determination of action to be taken, if any.”
Tallahassee Reports recently submitted a records request seeking documents associated with the investigation. The City’s response indicated that the matter “is still under investigation”, and therefore, the request is exempt from public records.
This means that more than three months after the complaint, the interim city manager has been unable to identify the city employees that received the $500 football tickets that provided access to Adam Corey’s exclusive football skybox.
TR will continue to investigate.