As the City of Tallahassee tries to move forward on a number of issues, Tallahassee Reports has confirmed that City Attorney, Cassandra Jackson, hired Mike Tadros, a former manager under former City Manager Rick Fernandez, after reports surfaced about questionable actions during his tenure at the City of Tallahassee.
Tadros ended his employment with the City of Tallahassee in July 2018.
His hiring as a consultant in August 2018 came after records were released from the Florida Commission on Ethics that raised questions about how Tadros conducted business as a high level city manager.
For example, in June 2018 the Tallahassee Democrat reported:
The ethics investigation also shows the lengths to which other city officials would go for Corey and his clients. For example, Mike Tadros, the outgoing director of underground utilities who is retiring on July 15, saw himself as an entrepreneur running a business that required him to reach out frequently to clients.
It was reported that Tadros was directed by Fernandez to work with vendors and lobbyist who are currently the focus of the FBI investigation into city hall corruption. This included Adam Corey.
It was also reported that Tadros took football tickets from a vendor who was subsequently named in the recent federal indictment of Scott Maddox.
Tadros was one of the City of Tallahassee employees that received football tickets from then City Manager Rick Fernandez.
In April 2018 TR reported:
This came to light after an investigation prompted by an ethics complaint. City Manager Reese Goad reported that Ellen Blair, Human Resources director, and Mike Tadros, general manager of Underground Utilities both received tickets for FSU Old School sky box seats at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Goad concluded there was no violation of city policy.
The controversy resulted in the resignation of Fernandez.
The professional services agreement with Tadros was signed on August 15, 2018 and is valid for up to two years. Tadros is scheduled to be paid $88 per hour for his services with a cap of $10,000. However, the agreement can be modified.
The agreement states that “the City is desirous of obtaining the services of Mr. Tadros for purposes of assisting the City Attorney’s Office in administrative and litigation matters which arose during the time period when Mr. Tadros was employed with the City of Tallahassee.”