At the September 11, 2019 Tallahassee City Commission meeting, elected officials directed City Auditor to develop a process and methodology for an audit of contracts between the City and certain vendors based on the statement of facts resulting from the federal investigation.
Former City Commissioner Scott Maddox recently plead guilty to federal charges that included taking money for favorable votes on city contracts.
In early August, City of Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey called for an audit of “city actions & contracts” related to the federal investigation. Dailey’s announcement came two days after similar statements from City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow.
In response to an inquiry from City Attorney Cassandra Jackson related to the City of Tallahassee auditing certain contracts, U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe stated in a letter written on August 26, 2019 that, “the Justice Department takes no position regarding the acts of a separate sovereign, the City of Tallahassee. The City is free to take whatever action it deems necessary and appropriate.”
City Attorney Jackson recommended that “any review of the process for the approval of contracts or other City processes occur after there is reasonable certainty that the federal investigation related to these matters is complete.”
Ms. Jackson stated, that in her opinion, “this could be as soon as the sentencing of Mr. Maddox.”