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Professional group censures, expels Madeira Beach city manager

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The executive board of the International City/County Management Association has publicly censured and permanently expelled Shane Crawford “for conduct that violates the ICMA Code of Ethics.” Expulsion is the most severe punishment the ICMA can impose. “The underlying facts of this case are not in dispute as Mr. Crawford has acknowledged that he is and has been involved in a personal relationship with a city staff member — his executive assistant — since August of last year,” the ICMA wrote to Madeira…

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Madeira Beach legal woes continue

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Last month, two residents filed a lawsuit claiming Madeira Beach commission members broke the state Sunshine Law when they appointed a new member. Now they’ve added more claims to their case. City officials, they say, refused to turn over public records. They also allege commission members used the city attorney as a private pipeline to trade information before they voted to spend tax money to defend themselves against ethics complaints. The citizen complainants, William G. Gay and Cathy P. Moore,…

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Madeira Beach to use city money for attorney fees in ethics complaints

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For the past few months, the Madeira Beach government has been bombarded with lawsuits and ethics complaints arising out of a controversy surrounding two proposed developments. Now, the Madeira Beach commission has voted to cover officials’ attorneys’ fees and costs they may incur because of seven complaints filed with the state Ethics Commission. The vote came during a commission meeting Tuesday in response to advice from city attorney Tom Trask. “Up to seven complaints, filed by various citizens, have been…

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