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City commissioners looking to clean up City Hall following FBI investigation

Posted at 6:25 PM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 18:25:05-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Cleaning up City Hall, that's a top priority for the Tallahassee City Commission right now.

"It's the city commissions job to try to restore public trust," said City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow.

Public trust that was lost after an FBI Investigation surrounding city hall uncovered corruption.

Earlier this week, suspended Commissioner Scott Maddox and his longtime aide and adviser Paige Carter pled guilty to receiving money in exchange for political favoritism.

"If you're an elected official, if you're a campaign consultant, if you own a business, we're going to find you and we're going to hold you accountable," said Matlow.

Matlow is now on a mission to clean up city hall. He is calling for an audit of city contracts and a deeper look at the business transactions of previous city leaders.

"If we're still paying you for a service and you were engaged in a bribery with a public official, then we need to cancel those contracts right away," said Matlow.

Matlow's cries for accountability will now be taken up at the next City Commission meeting.

Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey is inviting the city auditor, city attorney, and city manager to debrief the commission and the public about the corruption scandal and the best way for the city to stay on top of things. But those audits won't happen immediately.

As long as the FBI is investigating wrongdoing on South Adams Street, the city has to wait before they can conduct any audits themselves.

"The City of Tallahassee won't do anything to hinder that process," said Dailey.

Despite the hold up, the new faces at City Hall say they're committed to cleaning up the mess that they inherited.

Dailey says the commission is also on track to pass a new ethics reform package by the end of the year.

Talks about city audits won't happen until the next meeting. That's September 11.