STATE OF FLORIDA
COMMISSION ON ETHICS
In re BETTY POWELL, )
Respondent. ) Complaint No. 89-73
FINAL ORDER AND PUBLIC REPORT
This matter came before the Commission on Ethics for final action on review of the Recommended Public Report of the Hearing Officer (a copy of which is attached and incorporated by reference). Neither the Respondent nor the Commission Advocate filed any exceptions to the Recommended Public Report, which recommends that the Commission find that the Respondent, as Executive Director of the Panama City Housing Authority, violated Section 112.313(6), Florida Statutes, by directing personnel of the Housing Authority to provide administrative support for Jim Hanlon and by pressuring agency personnel to lease Hanlon's property, and that the Respondent violated Section 112.313(7)(a), Florida Statutes, by having a contractual relationship with Century 21 Bay Properties, Inc., a business entity which was doing business with the Panama City Housing Authority, the Respondent's public agency.
Having reviewed the Recommended Public Report and the record of the public hearing of this complaint, the Commission hereby adopts the findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommended final action which have been presented in the Recommended Public Report. Accordingly, the Commission on Ethics finds that the Respondent, Betty Powell, as Executive Director of the Panama City Housing Authority, violated Sections 112.313(6) and 112.313(7)(a), Florida Statutes.
For these violations of the Code of Ethics for Public Officers and Employees, pursuant to Sections 112.317(1) and 112.324(4), Florida Statutes, it is the recommendation of the Commission on Ethics that the Panama City Housing Authority Commission publicly censure and reprimand the Respondent and impose a total civil penalty of $5,000 upon her, to be paid within one year of the date of rendition of this Final Order and Public Report.
ORDERED by the State of Florida Commission on Ethics meeting in public session on June 7, 1991.
Scott G. Williams
Commission on Ethics
THIS ORDER CONSTITUTES FINAL AGENCY ACTION. ANY PARTY WHO IS ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY THIS ORDER HAS THE RIGHT TO SEEK JUDICIAL REVIEW UNDER SECTION 120.68, FLORIDA STATUTES, BY FILING A NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL PURSUANT TO RULE 9.110, FLORIDA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE, WITH THE CLERK OF THE COMMISSION ON ETHICS, 2107 THE CAPITOL, TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA 32399-1450; AND BY FILING A COPY OF THE NOTICE OF APPEAL ACCOMPANIED BY THE APPLICABLE FILING FEES WITH THE APPROPRIATE DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL. THE NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL MUST BE FILED WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE DATE THIS ORDER IS RENDERED.
Copies furnished to:
Mr. John F. Daniel, Attorney for Respondent
Ms. Virlindia Doss, Commission Advocate
Mr. Rowlett W. Bryant, Attorney for Complainant