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Press Release from the State of Florida Commission on Ethics …. 6/11/08

www.ethics.state.fl.us

Former Mayor John Yanni….No Probable Cause was found to believe he had a voting conflict on a matter regarding property in which he had an interest because at the time of the vote the contract on the property was no longer in effect. ( full text online)

Former Planning & Zoning Chair Cynthia V, Geesey….No Probable Cause …failing to report a contract to purchase a condominium on her 2004 & 2005 statement o f financial interests….however Probable Cause was found to believe that Geesey failed to timely and accurately file her Final Statement of Financial Interests within 60 days of leaving her position. (full text online)

Probable Cause was found to believe Jerome S. McIntee , LBTS Commissioner, had a prohibited conflict of interest that could interfere with the full and faithful discharge of his public duties to the Town by virtue of his position as both Commissioner and Deputy Fire Chief for the VFD. The Commission also found Probable Cause that McIntee had another prohibited conflict by virtue of his services as Chaiman of the Town’s CIC while he was a member of the Town Commission. Probable cause was found to believe that McIntee had a voting conflict concerning a number of votes that benefited the VFD, however because the Respondent was not acting to benefit himself and because the action of the Commission in this matter will serve future conduct by Respondent, the Commission will take no further action on the alleged violations. Dismissed with No Probable Cause finding were the allegations that McIntee had a voting conflict when he participated in discussions on the measure which would terminate the Town’s contract with Broward County Sheriff’s Office and reinstate the VFD. Also dismissed were allegations that he had a voting conflict on a measure regarding a lawsuit between the CIC and the Town. McIntee was cleared of charges that he acted in his public capacity to purchase services from the VFD or that he sold services of the fire department to the Town.

Probable Cause was found to believe that another LBTS Commissioner, James J. Silverstone had a prohibited conflict of interest that could interfere with the full and faithful discharge of his public duties to the Town by virtue of his simultaneous service as Commissioner and Fire Chief of the VFD. In addition, Probable Cause was found to believe that Silverstone had a voting conflict when he voted on several occasions to benefit the VFD. However, because the preliminary investigation revealed the Respondent was not acting to benefit himself and because the action of the Commission in this matter will serve to correct future conduct by the Respondent, the Commission will take no further action on the alleged violations. The Commission found No Probable Cause to believe that Silverstone had a voting conflict when he made a motion to terminate the Town’s contract with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and reinstate the VFD. Silverstone was cleared of charges that he acted in his public capacity to purchase service from the VFD or that he sold services of the fire department to the Town.

BCbythesea….previous posts….6/6/08 in Talahassee….and Commissioner Comments…6/12/08 (cont. 6/11/08 meeting)

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