Tallahassee resident files complaint against city manager

Posted at 3:51 PM, Aug 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-22 14:28:15-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee resident has filed a complaint with the Florida Ethics Commission against the city manager.

The complaint centers around discounts he received from the Edison Restaurant that is housed in building owned by the City of Tallahassee.

According to the complaint, Erwin Jackson says Rick Fernandez received a $4,700 discount on his nearly $15,000 catering bill for his daughter's wedding reception.

It also says he gave an unadvertised city job to an employee of the Edison who helped him get the discount and that Fernandez accepted free football tickets owned by one of the city lobbyists who owns the business.

Rick Fernandez responded to the complaint saying this:

"Having served as an auditor for many years, I understand and appreciate the concept of a third-party review. This process is designed to provide clarification further ensuring public trust is upheld. I welcome the review and look forward to a positive outcome once all the facts have been fully vetted."