City Manager Rick Fernandez To Resign Amid Ethics Flap

Jan 3, 2018

Tallahassee City Manager Rick Fernandez will resign today while facing ethics complaints over his relationships with lobbyists and vendors.

Credit City of Tallahassee News / City of Tallahassee

Fernandez was placed on paid administrative leave in November, following allegations he requested Florida State University football tickets from a lobbyist--a possible violation of the state's gift ban. Fernandez initially denied the claim but text messages later showed he asked for the tickets. He's also under criticism for accepting a catering discount from a vendor for his daughter's wedding. Both cases are before the state ethics commission.

Under a potential resignation agreement, the city manager would receive $94,000, or 18 weeks of pay and would still remain eligible for his full retirement benefits, in addition to accrued personal and sick leave. Fernandez's salary was $232,000 yearly.

His retirement is effective January 3rd.