Ethics Advisory Panel
On September 19, 2012, the Tallahassee City Commission approved the creation of a citizen's Ethics Advisory Panel whose purpose is to monitor the City’s ethical standards.
Ethics Advisory Panel Completes Work
The Ethics Advisory Panel completed its work and was decommissioned following the submission of its summary to the City Commission on July 10.
Meeting Schedule/Agendas/Minutes/Discussion Materials
- October 1, 2012 - Agenda / Discussion material
- November 8, 2012 - Agenda / Minutes / Discussion material
- November 29, 2012 - Agenda / Minutes / Discussion materials: 1, 2
- December 18, 2012 - Agenda / Minutes / Discussion material
- January 10, 2013 - Agenda / Minutes / Discussion material: 1, 2, 3, 4
- January 24, 2013 - Agenda / Minutes
- February 5, 2013 - Agenda / Minutes
- February 14, 2013 - Agenda / Minutes
- March 5, 2013 - Agenda / Minutes
- March 26, 2013 - Agenda / Minutes / Discussion material
March 26, 2013 - Town Hall / Public Meeting RESCHEDULED
- April 11, 2013 - Agenda / Minutes
- April 18, 2013 - Agenda / Minutes / Discussion material
- April 25, 2013 - Agenda / Minutes
- May 7, 2013 - Agenda / Minutes / Discussion material
- May 21, 2013 - Agenda / Minutes / Discussion material
- May 29, 2013 - Agenda / Minutes / Discussion material
- May 30, 2013 - Agenda / Minutes
- June 10, 2013 - Agenda / Minutes
June 12, 2013 - CANCELED
- June 26, 2013 - Minutes / The purpose of the meeting will be to review and approve the Panel’s final report. The report will then be submitted to the City Commission on July 10th.
Drafting Subcommittee Meeting - Monday, June 24, 2013, 3:00pm in the Florida Room on Second Floor of City Hall.
Drafting Subcommittee Meeting - Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 4:30pm in the Florida Room on Second Floor of City Hall.
Contact the City's Ethic Advisory Panel
For more information and answers to your questions, please email us
or call (850) 891-8130 during normal business hours.
- Ms. Martha Barnett, Chair - Partner in the law firm of Holland & Knight. Her primary areas of practice are administrative and governmental law, and public policy. She served as president of the American Bar Association in 2000-2001 and as Chair of the Florida Commission on Ethics in 1986 -1987.
- Justice Harry Lee Anstead - Retired Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. His career includes service as Supreme Court Justice (1994-2009), Appeals Court Chief Judge (1977-1994) and trial and appellate lawyer (1964-1977).
- Mr. John Calhoun - Director of the Office of Ombudsman and Public Services at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and is a Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy Reserve. Mr. Calhoun previously held senior leadership positions while employed with the Florida Department of Revenue, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, and the City of Tallahassee.
- Rev. Brant Copeland - Pastor and Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church, located at 110 North Adams Street. Pastor Copeland currently serves on several civic boards and has a lengthy history of serving the community.
- Ms. Lila A. Jaber - Attorney with the Gunster law firm. Ms. Jaber’s past experience includes service as a staff attorney with the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), and she was twice appointed by Gov. Bush to serve as a member of the PSC. Other civic service includes service as a board member of Workforce Florida, Inc., and as the current Chair of Leadership Florida.
- Mr. Joseph Landers, Jr. - Graduate of Stetson Law and a former state employee who served as chief cabinet aide to Gov. Ruben Askew. Other posts included service as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Regulation and Director of the Florida Department of Natural Resources. From 1979 to 1996, Mr. Landers practiced law in the environmental and land use fields. In 1997, Mr. Landers founded and served as CEO of USMed, a medical finance company. Mr. Landers retired in 2007 and currently is
self-employed as a manager of personal assets. Among other civic posts, Mr. Landers previously served as Chairman of the Tallahassee Urban League.
- Ms. Andrea Valencia Nelson - Attorney and President of the Nelson Law Firm, PLC. Ms. Nelson was formerly employed with the Florida Dept. of Transportation, Tallahassee Community College, Office of the State Attorney – Sixth Judicial District, and was an intern at the Gwinnett County, Georgia Solicitor’s Office. Ms. Nelson previously served on the City of Tallahassee Airport Advisory Board.
- Howard Rasmussen - Retired Director of Management and Development and Training/Senior Management Consultant for the Florida Center for Public Management, Florida State University. Mr. Rasmussen was formerly employed with the Florida Department of Revenue, Miami Police Department, Florida Department of Business and Regulation, Citizen’s Crime Commission of Greater Miami, Miami Dade Community College and various other agencies. Mr. Rasmussen has taught a variety of courses in criminal justice at various universities and community colleges and police training facilities throughout the United States and Germany. Ms. Rasmussen has served as a consultant to a number of law enforcement and criminal justice agencies throughout the country.
- Ms. Marilynn Wills - Retired educator and member of the League of Women Voters since 1968, serving several terms as President of the Tallahassee league. Ms. Wills also served on the Leon County Charter Review Committee.