FDLE Concludes Investigation of Quincy City Hall

Derrick Elias Press Conference FDLE Investigation
Posted at 6:17 PM, Feb 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-18 18:17:00-05

QUINCY, Fl. (WTXL) -- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has concluded that there was no violation of criminal law regarding allegations by a Quincy city commissioner.

In September, commissioner Keith Dowdell from Quincy requested the investigation be opened by FDLE to address claims of destruction of public records, pay raise, and violations of the city ordinance.

"I am delighted to stand before you today and tell you that the FDLE has concluded their investigation and has found no wrongdoing", said Quincy mayor Derrick Elias, "It's a great day for us to be vindicated by an outside authority."

Back on April 21st of last year, Dowdell requested specific documents relating to Chris Stokes' hiring. Stokes was a former Quincy service employee.

Dowdell also claims he had been told that they were discarded when he requested them, though FDLE had determined the documents did exist.

"So if the document exists, why haven't they fulfilled my record request since April 22nd?" Dowdell said. "And here it is, February 18th, you want to have a big press conference to announce that the investigation is over. Okay. Where is the document?"

Dowdell requested the documents because Stokes' job had been terminated due his contract expiring. He claims, however, that the document he requested showed that Stokes was a permanent employee and different steps had to be taken to terminate Stokes' job.