Tallahassee Democrat by Jennifer Portman
July 17, 2017
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office has concluded its investigation into Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s use of political email software paid for by the city.
LCSO spokesman Lt. Grady Jordan said the report has been turned over to State Attorney Jack Campbell’s office.
Jordan said the report makes no recommendations but is “merely a presentation of our investigation and the facts.” Any decision to bring charges related to the investigation would be the decision of Campbell’s office.
Campbell confirmed he received the investigation around midday Wednesday. He described it as “hefty and multiple pages.” He said he had not yet reviewed the document but was prepared to do so within the next few days.
Campbell said he would be taking the lead on the investigation but would consult with others in his office.
“In the coming day and probably weeks, I’ll be reviewing and be in consultation with the sheriff’s office,” he said. “I’m not going to talk about the facts or where it might go because it is a pending criminal investigation.”
Investigators were looking into whether the mayor’s office broke the law when it used a software system bought with taxpayer money to send political emails. The emails came to light in April. On the same day Gillum announced his intent to run for governor, he repaid the city $5,000 used to buy the software and apologized for what he called a “human error.” [READ MORE]