The former Chairman of Tallahassee’s Independent Ethics Board, Richard Herring, told TR that the it was the Board that decided not to live broadcast the meeting which featured the interviews of the Ethics Officer candidates late last year.
Herring told TR he could not remember why the Board made the decision.
The Ethics Officer at the time, Julie Meadows-Keefe, told TR that the Board made the decision because they were concerned that a live broadcast of the interviews would make the candidates uncomfortable.
The decision was made without a vote.
These comments explain why Meadows-Keefe sent an email to city staff requesting no live broadcast of the meeting.
TR has learned today that Meadows-Keefe requested that the Ethics Board meeting on November 19th not be video broadcasted by the City of Tallahassee. The meeting featured interviews of candidates who were seeking to replace Meadows- Keefe.
TR recovered an email that showed City of Tallahassee officials verifying with Meadows-Keefe that she wanted no video broadcast of the meeting which was being held in commission chambers.
Tom Bronakoski with the City Tallahassee, wrote in an email on November 15, 2019, “Just to confirm, you do not want coverage of the November 19th meeting?”
Meadows-Keefe replied, “We do not want coverage. Thank you for confirming.”
The email is listed below:
TR has requested a comment from the Ethics Board Chairman at the time, Richard Herring.
TR has previously reported on Meadows-Keefe’s involvement with the candidacy of Keith Powell who was selected as the new Ethics Officer. Powell withdrew his name from consideration shortly after an anonymous email was forwarded to Ethics Board officials and the local media. The anonymous email was tied to Meadows-Keefe.