At a meeting on Thursday, the Leon County’s Children’s Services Council (CSC) board voted to give the executive director – Cecka Rose Green – a raise. Based on an evaluation of Green’s performance, the board voted to extend Green’s contract and to increase her salary by $5,000 to $125,000. Paul Mitchell, the board’s treasurer, was the only vote against the item. In addition to the raise, board member O’Bryant recommended a 3% cost-of-living raise for Green. This will be discussed during the next meeting in January.
Also, the board reported that the current millage rate of 0.375% should result in $10-$11 million in tax revenue during the 2022-23.
TR’s summary of the December 13, 2022 Leon County Commission meeting is now available.
A Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy, Jarrod Eldridge, has been terminated and is facing charges after an undercover operation revealed that he is being accused sexting a person he believed was a 14-year-old girl. Eldridge allegedly wrote about engaging in sexual activities and sent pictures of himself during the exchanges. Eldridge was arrested Thursday on one count of using a computer to seduce, solicit or lure a child, and one count of transmitting material harmful to minors by electronic device or equipment.
A Tallahassee man has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree murder. Davhon Young, Sr. was arrested in October and was accused strangling a woman and dumping her body on Wiley Road in northern Leon County. The woman was from Valdosta, and court records say they met up for sex in Tallahassee and then proceeded to kill her, hide her body, and transport the body to discard it.
Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmeier has resigned from his post after six years of service. His resignation comes as a new Florida law is coming into place as a lobbying ban kicks in and prevents Florida’s top regulators and agency secretaries from lobbying the Florida Legislature, or the offices they once worked at, for six years. Florida Department of Economic Opportunity CEO Dane Eagle resigned from his post for the same reason.
As President Joe Biden signed the “Respect for Marriage Act,” Florida State Sen. Tina Polsky has filed legislation that is seeking to repeal language from Florida’s statutes that bans same-sex marriages. “Now there are at least three bodies that are supreme to the Florida State Legislature that say gay marriage is legal,” Polsky said. “It’s time for this unconstitutional, illegal statute (to come) off the books and say to the LGBTQ community that we support your marriages.”
FSU women’s basketball blew out Presbyterian College 98-37 last night with six players in double-figures as the Noles extend their record to 11-1. Freshman Ta’Niya Latson led FSU in the scoring column with 25 points, and fellow freshman Snoop Turnage punctuated a dominant night with her first career double-double at 14 points and 10 rebounds. FSU’s next game is on the road at UConn on Sunday on ESPN.