It seems clear that the Independent Ethics Board has no intention of removing the Ethics Officer, Julie Meadows-Keefe, before her declared resignation date of February, 2020.
Amid calls for her removal by business leaders and the Citizens for Ethics Reform, there was some thought that the Ethics Board would address the issue at their monthly meeting held at City Hall on Tuesday night.
Even Mayor John Dailey spoke on the issue earlier in the day when he told Jeff Burlew, of the Tallahassee Democrat, that “he would like to see immediate transition in who serves as ethics officer.”
However, the Ethics Board remained silent on the issue.
When approached after the meeting by Tallahassee Reports, most Ethics Board members refused to provide a comment on the issue.
However, Board member Ernest Paine told TR that the issues surrounding the Ethics Officer had been addressed with her decision to resign.
One issue that did get addressed during the meeting was the use of tax dollars to pay for Capital Tiger Bay memberships for the Ethics Officer. TR reported earlier this week that the Ethics Office paid over $1,200 in membership dues to the political club over the last several years.
The Ethics Board voted 6-0 to require Meadows-Keefe to reimburse the Board for the memberships.