City of Tallahassee Addresses Ethics Reform Workshop Priorities

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Trust and transparency are two things city commissioners say are priorities for the city of Tallahassee.

On Wednesday, commissioners sat down with the Tallahassee Independent Ethics Committee to consider recommendations for ethics reform.

The nearly three-hour meeting focused on three main priorities: whistleblowers, lobbying orders, the definition of a lobbyist and abuse of position.

In March, the Tallahassee commissioner will discuss redefining abuse of position.

This includes limiting violations of acts committed outside of the duties expected of an officer or employee.

They will also specify who is subject to the following Independent Ethics Committee guidelines.

Today’s topic was whether the staff of the Community Redevelopment Agency and the Intergovernmental Blueprint Agency reported to the Ethics Committee. Although these two entities are separate from the Tallahassee Commission, they are considered city employees.

Finally, a look at the evolution of how lobbyists interact at City Hall. On the table, a fresh look at the definition and expectations of lobbyists. Lobbyists could also be required to follow meetings with government officials. These meetings could become public records after three days.

Mayor John Dailey says workshops like the one on Wednesday are about ensuring there is trust in the town hall.

“We have gone through a difficult period in terms of ethics. Is the job done? No. This is why it is important to continue to organize these workshops. To continue to work with the Ethics Committee so that we can continue to move forward,” Mayor Dailey said.

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