published: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Ethics charge against Deleon dismissed
AVON PARK -- An ethics complaint filed by City Councilman Garrett Anderson against City Manager Julian Deleon has been dismissed by the Florida Commission on Ethics, Deleon said Friday.
In an email, Deleon said that his attorney, Mark Herron, called him with the news the complaint had been "dismissed in its entirety."
In August, the commission announced it found no probable cause to believe Deleon had committed any violations. Friday's action ends the process.
In his complaint, which was filed in March, 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.
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.
"Early on in this process, I publicly stated that I would resign as City Manager of Avon Park if found guilty of his charges. Clearly, this is not the case, and I intend on staying here for a while," Deleon wrote in Friday's statement.
A call to Anderson's place of business on Friday was not answered.
Mama Cobb (by: Hardee Observer - 9/17/2013)
I keep telling you to leave him the heck alone. Let him grow, Mayor Barfield would not have liked your conduct. He may have left you out of the church inheritance given the witch that you have become. You have excommunicated your husband from his own birth family. You need to self examine, and make changes to your ungodly ways.
(by: Blindman~ - 9/17/2013)
Taco belle, your absolutely right!
Hey Blindman (by: Taco Belle - 9/17/2013)
Just look a little further south in Sebring for a similar display of immaturity and stupidity. Firefighters and union reps threw out a bunch of ridiculous accusations. Came right back to bite them in the you-know-where.
Anderson (by: Insider - 9/16/2013)
I told you not to vote for him!!!!!
Karma (by: Girlfriend - 9/16/2013)
Interesting how there are NO defenders of Anderson on ths thread of blogs.
More of the same (by: Been here - 9/16/2013)
This is just the beginning. Both "Bubba" Warner and Remmick are great friends of Concilman Anderson and his clan.
Funny Stuff (by: Bronco Billy - 9/16/2013)
Garrett Andersen never did accept the challenge of resigning from the city council if his accusations could not be validated.
(by: Blindman~ - 9/15/2013)
Mayor Sharon Schuler, the Avon Park City Council, and City Manager Julian Deleon sure know how to get things done...but I have never seen such a display of immaturity and stupidity as exhibited by Councilman Andersen. This guy should be given an award for Jackass of The Year as he has cause more of a disturbance than a classroom clown.
Garrett (by: JIMMYFALCO - 9/15/2013)
Please do the right thing and apologize. We all make mistakes and remember - WWJD> Thank you, the people will forgive you too.
lies. lies, lies (by: John Q - 9/15/2013)
The council should do all they can to dismiss Anderson. He has brought great embarrassment to us as citizens as well as our city.
Oops! (by: Cowboy - 9/15/2013)
Be a man and apologize Mr. Anderson.
These people are crazy (by: Stayin in Wauchula - 9/15/2013)
The whole Anderson clan believe they are so close to God that they can do anything and are untouchable by mere mortals.
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