Ethics complaint filed against Commissioner Kevin White listen01/22/10 Joshua Lee Holton
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An ethics complaint was filed today against Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White. A citizen alleges White committed a conflict of interest yesterday when he voted on a measure in which he clearly had a financial stake.
That was the result of the Countyâ€™s historic motion to sue White yesterday. White was the only negative vote. But political consultant Chris Ingram called the vote a conflict of interest and filed the complaint today to the Florida Commission on Ethics.
The County is responsible for almost half a million dollars in legal fees from a sexual harassment suit against Commissioner White, who was found guilty along with the County. The Commissionâ€™s vote is an attempt to recoup some of the legal fees from White.
According to Ingram, Florida law prohibits elected officials from voting on something that involves a financial interest.
Ingram says White didnâ€™t need a lawyer to see the ethical dilemma.
WMNF contacted Kevin Whiteâ€™s office, which refused to comment. The Florida Commission on Ethics also declined to comment as the ethics complaint hasnâ€™t been reviewed yet.