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Tallahassee Ethics Board interviewing candidates to replace Julie Meadows-Keefe

Posted at 6:26 PM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 05:57:53-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Tallahassee Ethics Board is working to find an ethics officer to replace Julie Meadows-Keefe after her resignation.

Right now, the Tallahassee Ethics Board is interviewing six candidates for the position of ethics officer.

They will each meet separately with the board, although one candidate is interviewing over the phone.

The current ethics officer, Julie Meadows-Keefe, submitted her resignation in October.

Richard Herring, Tallahassee Ethics Board Chairman, told us all the applicants are qualified.

"On paper I think all of them can do this job and do it well. So what we're really looking for is the person that we think would be the best and we will work with the best," said Herring.

Herring says the person selected should be able to give the public confidence in the ethics process.

The chairman says it is highly unlikely that someone will be chosen tonight.

The next ethics officer will start sometime in February of 2020. That's when Meadows-Keefe's resignation takes effect.

Of course, there's been some back-and-forth between Meadows-Keefe and the city, with Meadows-Keefe offering to step down sooner if the city met a list of demands. That didn't happen.

Meadows-Keefe was at Tuesday's meeting.

The board voted to narrow the six candidates down to three.

Next month there will be a followup on final three candidates.

Meadows- Keefe will not be involved in the selection process.

ABC 27 did ask about her lawsuit against the city, we were directed to her attorney.

We have not heard anything back.