By: WCTV Eyewitness News
April 17, 2019
MIDWAY, Fla. (WCTV) – The Florida Commission on Ethics says it found probable cause that two city leaders in Midway violated ethics laws.
The commission says it found probable cause that Mayor Wanda Range violated the anti-nepotism law by appointing a relative to the position of Mayor Pro Tem. Commissioners also ruled there is probable cause that Range misused the city vehicle and credit card and failed to report their use.
The ethics board did not find probable cause on several other ethics complaints against Range, including that she accepted a recreational vehicle in exchange for her official actions.
The commission says there is probable cause to find that City Council member Sam Stevens violated the anti-nepotism law regarding appointment of a relative to a city position.
The commission found no probable cause on three other allegations against Stevens regarding the anti-nepotism complaint.
The findings by the ethics commission could lead to civil penalties, including removal from office and fines of up to $10,000 per violation.
A finding of probable cause is not a determination a violation has occurred. Such a determination is made only after a full evidentiary hearing on the allegations.