Town re­im­burses law firm $15,171

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY - By WIL­LIAM KELLY

The town is re­im­burs­ing a law firm $15,171 for le­gal ex­penses it in­curred when de­fend­ing Town At­tor­ney John Ran­dolph against an ethics com­plaint lodged by a former town em­ployee.

Jones Foster John­ston & Stubbs sought the re­im­burse­ment af­ter the Florida Com­mis­sion on Ethics said on March 14 that it found no prob­a­ble cause to be­lieve that Ran­dolph broke any state laws. The com­plaint, filed in 2015 by Ja­son Weeks, al­leged that Ran­dolph, as town at­tor­ney, im­prop­erly re­ferred town le­gal work to the firm, of which he is a share­holder.

Ran­dolph has called the com­plaint “spe­cious.”

The Town Coun­cil on

Tues­day unan­i­mously ap­proved the re­im­burse­ment with­out com­ment af­ter Town Man­ager Kirk Blouin rec­om­mended it, say­ing the com­plaint was con­nected to Ran­dolph’s work as town at­tor­ney.

A former bat­tal­ion chief for the Palm Beach Fire-Res­cue Depart­ment, Weeks was fired in 2012 af­ter an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that, while on town time, he worked on a web­site crit­i­cal of town pen­sion cuts. Weeks said then-Fire Chief Bill Amador di­rected him to build the web­site.

Weeks sued the town in 2015, and a le­gal bat­tle is pend­ing in the Fourth Dis­trict Court of Ap­peal in West Palm Beach af­ter a lower court ruled in the town’s fa­vor.


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