published: Friday, August 16, 2013
Deleon to seek repayment of legal fees
By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY
AVON PARK -- City Manager Julian Deleon told the News-Sun Thursday morning that he spent $8,500 on legal fees defending himself against an ethics complaint filed by City Councilman Garrett Anderson in March.
"By state statute I am entitled to recoup the (the fees) from Anderson," he said. "I am looking into available alternatives to recoup those fees."
On Tuesday, Deleon released the final determination by Florida's Commission on Ethics that said "there is no probable cause to believe (Deleon) violated Section 112.313(6), Florida Statutes, by using his position to threaten and/or attempt to threaten another public official."
Anderson alleged Deleon had threatened him and his business after Anderson voted against a motion -- which passed -- to remove the requirement for the city manager to live within city limits. Deleon lives in Lake Placid.
In his complaint, Anderson said Deleon told him after the meeting "that if (Anderson) questioned him publicly about his private business again that (Anderson's) ammunition manufacturing company, Anderson Arms Inc., would face serious charges."
Anderson claimed that his business was inspected by the county building inspector and the city fire department inspector shortly after.
Anderson alleged that both inspectors told him they were told to find something wrong, or "they" would be "pissed."
During the ethics investigation, both inspectors denied being sent by Deleon or telling Anderson they had been threatened with their jobs if they did not find violations.
For his part, Deleon told the ethics investigator the inspections had arisen as a result of a citizen complaint about "faulty wiring."
Deleon added that he couldn't have threatened the county inspector because he doesn't work for the city.
The ethics commission will release its final conclusion sometime in September. Because no probable cause was found the process ends with that finding.
On Thursday Deleon said, "I'm just pleased that we can move forward.'
The News-Sun could not reach Anderson Thursday morning for a comment.
Really? (by: Obvious - 8/19/2013)
Beany, you are one of those ignorant AP people that doesn't have a clue. You should be ran out of FL, because we don't need stupid people like yourself adding to our gene pool. Deleon is the best thing that has happened to this small town in a long time. You can't see it because you are to worried about getting your mullet cleaned up once a month.
Garett Anderson (by: JIMMYFALCO - 8/19/2013)
What do you do with councilman that do not tell the truth? Just sayin....
deleon (by: bob jones - 8/18/2013)
I thinking they should get reg
Deleon (by: Beany - 8/18/2013)
Deleon should be run out of Florida or put in jail
just saying (by: Boy-man - 8/18/2013)
The damages could be mental anguish, loss of reputation, deprivation of sleep, anxiety, impotence, harassment, whistle blower, divorce, and loss of employment.
Deleon (by: observer - 8/17/2013)
I wonder if Julian could get his mother, daddy, sisters, brother, uncles, cousins and grandmother to start attending council meetings to show him some support. The misdeeds done by Garrent require the entire clan to cover up and show support. watch the video how daddy winks up for "yes" votes and winks down for "no" votes.
rather be poked in the eye (by: Rather be alone - 8/16/2013)
The ANderson clan stands alone in the eyes of their own family and now show why publicly. Not enough brains between the lot of them to make any sense.
Cherry the Cobb (by: marines rule - 8/16/2013)
This boy is in this mess due to his mother's lunacy. The recanting of your mental state will not eliminate the lawsuit coming your way. You may have gotten paid by red lobster but Deleon will get paid by you.
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