Former Tallahassee ethics officer Julie Meadows-Keefe lands job with firm handling her lawsuit against city
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Tallahassee's former independent ethics officer, who exited her post amid high drama and acrimony, has been hired by the same firm representing her in her lawsuit against City Hall.
2020欧洲杯正规平台Julie Meadows-Keefe, who served more than five years as the city's first ethics officer, recently announced on social media she has accepted a position as an attorney with Marie Mattox's law firm.
The , which specializes in employment disputes, has handled countless lawsuits in state and federal court against employers in the private and public sector, including the city of Tallahassee.
2020欧洲杯正规平台"I went to work here because it's dog friendly and fierce," Meadows-Keefe said in a Feb. 29 post on Facebook. She posted her new job Sunday night on LinkedIn.
2020欧洲杯正规平台Meadows-Keefe was hired as the city's ethics officer in October 2014, just before voters overwhelmingly approved a charter amendment creating the Independent Ethics Board, which later brought her on board as its independent ethics officer.
2020欧洲杯正规平台She served as the board's top staff person from its early organizational days through passage last year of major ordinance changes designed to beef up the city's ethics code.
Her tenure, however, was marked by criticism and controversy. Last year, she announced she would step down following controversy over a personal relationship she had with a top appointed official. She later sued the city, saying she was forced out, and the Ethics Board, which she said did nothing to stop it.
The Ethics Board hired Keith Powell, a longtime state ethics investigator, to succeed her but he bowed out after politically charged tweets of his came to light2020欧洲杯正规平台. The board then hired Dwight Floyd, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement veteran, for the post.
Before joining the city, Meadows-Keefe worked in private practice, including a stint as chief legal counsel for the Florida Department of Health.
Meadows-Keefe said her new job doesn't create a conflict of interest because as ethics officer she didn't work as an attorney for the city.
"I was not an attorney for the city of Tallahassee is the bottom line," she said. "We feel comfortable that it's entirely appropriate. But I am going to wait until my own matter is settled before I potentially work on any city matters."
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