Thursday, January 21, 2021

Florida: Former Sebastian City Council member sues to overturn recall

Former City Councilman Damien Gilliams, who was one of three Sebastian City Council members kicked out in a recall in September, is suing to overturn the result. Gilliams is arguing about the validity of the signatures, that the recall started on the wrong date and that the malfeasance standard was not met.

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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