UPDATED: Records Show Ethics Office Paid $1,255 for Capital Tiger Bay Club Memberships

UPDATED: Records Show Ethics Office Paid $1,255 for Capital Tiger Bay Club Memberships

Update

After seeking a comment on this issue from Tallahassee’s Independent Ethics Board Chairman Richard Herring, Mr. Herring in an email stated that:

“As discussed during the September Board meeting, this issue, along with
the history of all Board expenses since inception, will be discussed in
4 days at our October 15 Board meeting.”

The October 15th meeting is scheduled to begin at 4 pm in the City Hall Commission Chambers.

Original Story

Records retrieved from the City of Tallahassee online checkbook shows that the Tallahassee’s Independent Ethics Office paid $1,255 for memberships to the Capital Tiger Bay Club.

Sources tell Tallahassee Reports the memberships were used by the Ethics Officer, Julie Meadows-Keefe.

On their website, Capital Tiger Bay Club states the purpose of the organization is to “provide a non-partisan forum on current political issues and listen to the views of newsmakers and opinion leaders of the day.”

The expenditures were paid during a period beginning September 22nd, 2017 and ending March 21, 2019. Included below is a screen capture of the Talgov checkbook.

A review of the checkbook since September 22, 2017 show the only other expenditure in addition to the $1,255 related to “Ethics Administration” is a $125 expenditure by the Downtown Improvement Authority.

A review of office accounts for current city commissioners show no expenditures for Capital Tiger Bay memberships.

TR has reached out to Ethics Board Chairman Richard Herring for comment.

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9 Responses to "UPDATED: Records Show Ethics Office Paid $1,255 for Capital Tiger Bay Club Memberships"

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    TONY   October 11, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    SOOOO, the Ethics Board Members don’t have to follow the Ethics Laws they are enforcing on OTHERS?

    Isn’t she the one allowed to “RE-TIRE” so she can keep some Benefits when she really should be FIRED?

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    Snidely Whiplash   October 11, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    I’m trying real hard to think of a legitimate work related reason Blondie would need a membership to that club paid by her employer.
    I can not and keep coming back to self promotion.
    I am reminded of the $5,000.00 dollar self promoting political campaign software Former Mayor Andrew conned the City into paying to promote himself.
    Hmmmmm wonder if Blondie will pay back her $1,255.00 club membership like Andrew paid back his $5,000.00 scam?
    Sounds kinda “unethical” to me even if she does pay it back.
    I just wish we had one fearless man in our communitty who would file an ethics complaint on Blondie with uber leftist Willie Meggs State Ethics Commission. Mr.Jackson are you still out there?

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    TONY   October 11, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    There Officers:
    Chairman of the Board: Jeff Ryan
    President: Gil Ziffer
    1st Vice President: John Dailey
    2nd Vice President: Jay Revell

    Executive Director
    Jeff Hendry

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    Kiddo   October 11, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Pretty sure that if the Capital Tiger Bay Club wanted any of the city officials there it could be arranged without the officials having to buy their way in.

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    Hope   October 11, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    So, the mayor allows the ethics board to spend $1,500 of taxpayers money on a club where he sits on the board?

    Another board member announced last week he is running for a City Commission seat.

    Is this any more dysfunctional than our elected officials attending the Chamber of Commerce junkets in Amelia Island in Sandestin on the taxpayers dime?

    When does the mayor have time to focus on Tallahassee? Between junkets to Costa Rica, making TV commercials, Etc at least the dysfunction stays consistent.

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    NFBPA Funds?   October 11, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    There is so much more to the financial abuses of these self entitled dirt bags:

    So NOW FBI – GO get the easily available documentation of Cynthia Barber, Anita Favor Thompso, etc. and all other ONLY COT Black employees who have promoted and joined the NATIONAL FORUM FOR BLACK PROFESSIONAL ADMINISTRATORS (NFBPA) and follow the $ from tax payers for yearly NFBPA dues paid by COT, travel paid by COT, conference fee paid by COT, work hours paid for travel by COT all over the USA just for NFBPA: ILLEGALLY. This is tens of thousand ($100,000+?) of TAX PAYERS DOLLARS. This was all presented to COT Legal and the Ethics Office with full documentation with sworn testimony available. Tie this in with the AKA/NFBPA sorority running meeting out of City Hall including marches on the Capital and follow that $ trail, too. Like Sharon Ofuani (NFBPA) of Crime Starters. FBI – this is just another tidy indictment package to follow up on; and also crosses state lines and includes mail fraud.

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    Gabriel   October 12, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Fire her immediately! If not, same shit different players FBI! No wonder Maddox and criminal pals throughout the decades were able to rape the system willfully aided and abetted by people who were planted in place to look the other way! “See no evil” is the modus operandi brand for Tallahassee Board of ethics! Shame on you ALL to allow this criminal cohort of Tallahassee Tammany Hall shysters to continue to be a seat warmer until Feb 2020! No CONFIDENCE in Board of Directors!! You folks “Board of Directors” are to BLAME!!!

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    Bill   October 13, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    One day, this community will put their vote where their anger is. Same connected players allowing this to continue. NO ONE willing to say something and ACT like a leader.
    Are you #ready to elect someone unconnected to this madness?
    City Manager allowed to choose his fate.
    Police Chief allowed to “resign” after 4 years of record crime.
    Now, the Ethics Officer is allowed to choose her date to resign.
    Not a leader in the bunch to make a decision. Of course, they will lead if it comes to delaying a much needed police station or adopting some Ethics policy. Sad

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