Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Florida: Sebastian City Council recall payment source of controversy

There was some controversy about paying for the upcoming recall election against Sebastian City Council members Damien Gilliams, Charles Mauti and Pamela Parris on September 15. The City Manager sent over a $40,000 check without board approval, though the city manager noted that since there was a contract in place, there was no need for the board to vote. 

The recall seems to have started over fights with the Mayor and other council members -- the three were elected on on a platform of opposition to an 1100 acre annexation plan last year. Gillams and Parris notably voted against the hiring of a new city attorney.  They were also arrested for breaking the Sunshine Law and perjury for lying to investigators. The three members allegedly voted to fire the city staff and appoint Gilliams mayor in what investigators call an illegal meeting. The two allegedly lied under oath.

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