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Deerfield Beach mayor accused of misusing elected position

Mayor Jean Robb accused of receiving charity gifts, giving benefits to church

Courtesy: City of Deerfield Beach
Courtesy: City of Deerfield Beach


DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – Deerfield Beach Mayor Jean Robb is accused of misusing her position, accepting a prohibited gift and receiving unauthorized compensation, the Broward Office of the Inspector General said Thursday in a statement.

According to the statement, the Florida Commission on Ethics issued an order Wednesday that said it had found five counts of probable cause to believe that Robb has "corruptly misused her elected position."

The OIG previously reported that it discovered that Robb had accepted $1,000 in donations to two charities of her choice from the owner of a luxury car dealership in the city.

The OIG said she then tried to stop the city's code enforcement efforts regarding the dealership.

According to the OIG report, the mayor also used her position to direct city staff to issue an employee parking sticker to the pastor of Robb's church and use city personnel and equipment to clean the church's parking lot.

The Florida Commission on Ethics conducted its own investigation and found the allegations against Robb to be substantiated.

Robb has several options, including having an informal hearing before the Commission, requesting a formal hearing before an administrative law judge or resolving the issue through a stipulation, settlement or consent order.

 


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