For several months Tallahassee City Commissioners have been waiting for a workshop to be scheduled with the City’s Ethics Officer to delve into the Independent Ethics Board’s recommendations for new ethics ordinances.
“My patience is wearing thin on the scheduling of the ethics workshop,” said Commissioner Jeremy Matlow during the sharing of ideas portion of the City Commissioner meeting on December 8th. Matlow continued, suggesting that it should not take months to schedule a workshop, “I hope we can do better in the future.”
Matlow motioned for a public hearing to be scheduled for the next city commission meeting in January addressing the recommendations made by the Independent Ethics Board several months ago.
“While I look forward to deep diving into the ethics issue to see what we can do better, we have had recommendations from the independent ethics board for months,” said Matlow. Commissioner Jack Porter seconded the motion.
Matlow’s motion would set a public hearing and a vote on the “ordinance recommended by the ethics board on lobbying, misuse of public position, penalties disclosure, and use of non-public information.”
Commissioner Curtis Richardson said he could support the motion made by Matlow. However, he felt the items should be part of the broader discussion during the workshop.
Mayor John Dailey agreed with Richardson, “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse, Commissioner Matlow, I probably support all of them, but I think it is part of a bigger conversation.”
Dailey suggested that Matlow hold off and wait for the workshop with the ethics officer.
“No, not for me. I am eager to get this accomplished and take a vote,” Matlow said. He indicated that many of the recommendations have been in front of them for some time, and there is no reason to keep waiting.
Williams-Cox agreed with Dailey and Richardson that it would be better to wait until the workshop to be sure all the concerns are discussed.
The motion failed in a 3-2 vote with Dailey, Richardson, and Williams-Cox in opposition.