The Chairman of the Tallahassee Independent Ethics Board, Richard Herring, opened the February 19th Board meeting by saying “we are in a procedural quagmire.”
Mr. Herring was referring to the fact that he had recently learned that current Board member, Lee Bushong, was not a resident of the City of Tallahassee, and therefore, his appointment by the Public Defender was not valid.
Mr. Bushong was appointed in December, 2018.
Mr. Herring indicated that any decisions made at the last meeting were potentially invalid.
This is important because at the last meeting the Board voted to hire a new Board Counsel, John Reid
Also, at the last meeting the Board voted to interview a select number of applicants in an effort to settle on a candidate to fill a vacant position on the Ethics Board. The interviews, which were scheduled to take place today, were put on hold.