Jacksonville Sunshine Law inquest ends without formal charges
On Monday, 4th Circuit State Attorney Melissa Nelson announced findings in a Sunshine Law investigation involving members of the Jacksonville City Council.
While Nelson stopped short of filing formal charges against any Council members, a 20-page report from Nelson’s office depicted a pattern of communications among certain members that seemed to go beyond normal Council business.
Involved in those communications: former Council President Anna Brosche, Brosche’s former Finance Chair Garrett Dennis, Brosche aide Jeneen Sanders, and Council members Reggie Gaffney, Reggie Brown, Katrina Brown and Sam Newby.
The timing of the release of this report likely will set tongues wagging. Jacksonville’s First Election is in five weeks. Brosche is running against Mayor Lenny Curry.
Though the report did not occasion formal charges, a memo attached to the report suggested a pattern of Sunshine Law violations throughout Council, including “possible violations” related to Brosche becoming Council President.
The investigation kicked off in Feb. 2018 when Sam Mousa, chief administrator for the city, raised concerns that Councilman Dennis was trying to broker a “block vote” to John Crescimbeni, if he were to run for Council President.
These concerns were echoed by Mayor Lenny Curry and Chief of Staff Brian Hughes.
Dennis allegedly presented Crescimbeni with a business card and a