Town reimburses law firm $15,171
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.