Tallahassee Reports has learned that an applicant for the Board counsel position with the City of Tallahassee’s Independent Ethics Board represented the Board’s Ethics Officer, Julie Meadows-Keefe, in a personal legal matter within the last year.
Meadows-Keefe failed to publicly disclose this relationship with John Reid, an applicant for Board counsel, during the Board’s selection process to fill the position.
The Ethics Board is scheduled to select a Board counsel at the Board’s meeting today at city hall.
The Board is revisiting the previous appointment of Mr. 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.
In addition, public records show that Reid was selected to work with the Tallahassee Independent Ethics Board last fall in complaints filed against then Mayor Andrew Gillum and City Manager Reese Goad.
This work with the Ethics Board came after Reid’s personal work with Meadows-Keefe.
At this time, TR has not been able to determine the role Meadows-Keefe played in the selection of Reid for his work with Board in the fall or her role in the Board counsel selection process.
Repeated calls to Julie Meadows-Keefe have not been returned.
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