JACKSONVILLE, FL – Mike Williams served nearly seven years as mayor of Duval County, but it’s been the last 15 months of his term that have put him in the crosshairs.
“If you take Sheriff Williams at his word, he broke the law, but he didn’t knowingly,” says Tad Debell, a former police union attorney.
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Action News Jax first reported two weeks ago that Williams retired after it was discovered that he had moved to Nassau County in March of 2021. He violated the Jacksonville Charter, which states that Williams was obliged to keep his county residency, questioning the extent of his presence. In fact.
In an investigation into Action News Jax, Ben Baker went through swipes to work on Williams’ badge and calendar from March 2021 until last month.
Baker discovered that Williams moved into business 50% or more of the time in any month only twice – June 2021 and September 2021.
The month with the least amount of swipes?
July 2021, with only five.
“It’s disappointing,” says Dibel.
Baker also reviewed Williams’ calendar, which showed meetings scheduled at JSO that did not have corresponding swipes, various off-site appearances and dozens of virtual meetings, including with the city’s chief attorney, Jason Till, on May 27 and May 31 when Williams’ future As mayor in question.
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Baker called Williams to find out more about how much he really did and left a voicemail.
Baker also knocked on the door to Williams’ new home in Nassau County, but no one answered.
JSO sent a statement to Baker:
“In terms of employee entry into our secure building, and without talking in depth about the security features, there are many entry and exit points. Public entrances, manned by security guards, are accessible without the need to scan an ID. These entry doors, along with the doors of Others throughout the building, for employees to use ID card to access in addition to a key option.Parking access also allows employees to use ID cards issued or open the drive gate – Similar to the garage door opener.
Outside of those listed, there could be other opportunities to enter the building, such as multiple employees entering together while only one employee scanning to open the door. Please understand that scanning an ID at any JSO facility does not determine whether the employee has arrived for work, nor They are used as the word “time card” to indicate arrival at work and/or the start of their working day.
“Ultimately, I will not be able to speak of the methods Sheriff Williams used on a daily basis, or even on a regular basis, to gain access to the Police Memorial Building. Not only did he have the ability to use his issued identification card, which using the provided data I received, but he also has Ability to use issued keys in addition to opening the gate – None of them are connected to the internal electronic entry system at the Police Memorial Building and will not provide data on going and going.
“I also will not be able to make a prediction as to Sheriff Williams’ ability, or the current sheriff’s ability to work on the premises or off-site. – His expectations must come from the community he serves.
“Employee time history record and/or leave and usage balance, if available, will come by requesting public records via the online portal.”
DeVille says there is little recourse to getting any money back if someone sued Williams during the time he was making nearly $180,000.
“No one in any salaried position who is expected to do a job has to work a certain number of hours,” Dibal says. “This person can work ten hours or 100 hours.”
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