The Tallahassee Ethics Board is scheduled to discuss the appointment of Board counsel at the March 19th meeting at city hall.
The Board is revisiting the previous appointment of John Reid, which was ruled invalid after it was revealed that an Ethics Board board member was ineligible to vote due to an overlooked residency issue.
Citizens for Ethics Reform – the group that pushed for the creation of the Independent Ethics Board – previously recommended Phil Claypool as their choice for the position based on his extensive experience with the Florida Commission on Ethics.
A representative of the group, Catherine Baer, told TR that they are once again recommending Claypool. She said “his experience in government ethics is what we need in the Board counsel position.”
Claypool’s resume shows that he worked with the Florida Commission on Ethics from 1976 t0 2011. From 2007 to 2011 he served as the Executive Director and General Counsel.
Reid’s experience shows his current employment includes Managing Partner of the The Law Office of John Reid, Town Attorney for Greenville, Senior Advisor to Congressman Alfred Lawson, Radio Host and President of the Florida Innovation Group.
Reid also references his work with the Tallahassee Independent Ethics Board as an Advocate last fall in the complaints filed against then Mayor Andrew Gillum and City Manager Reese Goad.
Of concern to some citizens who follow the Ethic’s Board closely is Reid’s political ties and work as a lobbyist.
Reid told TR that his advisor role to Congressman Lawson is unpaid and that he has not done any paid political consulting through his Florida Innovation Group in two years.
Reid believes the Ethics Board was interested in his background in administrative law and his experience before the Florida Department of Administrative Hearings.
Other applicants include Karen Asher-Cohen, Leonard Collins, Gerald Curington, Tabitha Harnage, Jeff Kottkamp, and Maribel Nicholson-Choice.
Their resumes can be viewed here.