Tallahassee Hires First Ethic Leader

Posted at 7:06 PM, Sep 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-09 10:09:40-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - The City of Tallahassee hired Julie Meadows-Keefe as the City Ethics officer.  She will be the first to hold this position, since it was created in March

The city wanted to create this position to ensure accountability within the government.

“The City of Tallahassee is committed to upholding the highest level of accountability in government,” said Bert Fletcher, City Auditor. “By creating this position, the City Commission is ensuring adequate ethical oversight for how we operate and providing a resource for employees.”

 Meadows-Keefe earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Stetson University and a law degree from the Florida State University College of Law. Meadows-Keefe will be responsible for oversight and administrative activities relating to advising City officials, management, staff, and vendors on ethical matters.

“I feel called to help people understand the law, so they can follow it and know how it applies to them,” Meadows-Keefe said. “I start from a place of wanting to help clients, and I’ve found that great relationships grow when that’s your primary motivation. I look forward to putting my knowledge to work with the City of Tallahassee.”

The Ethics Officer position was created when the Tallahassee City Commission unanimously approved an addition to the City Code that codified ethics practices and standards.