Palm Beach County ethics panel cites Delray Beach fire supervisor

ethics logoAn ambulance billing contract supervisor for Delray Beach Fire-Rescue has agreed to a settlement with the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics in which she admits steering about $12,000 in work in a pressure cleaning firm she and her husband own.

In the agreement, reached Thursday after a half-hour closed session, the charges against Desiree Lancaster are dropped in lieu of a “letter of instruction” from the panel.

A summary said Division Fire Chief Victor Williams approached Lancaster about a cleaning job, and she gave him the business card of her husband’s Greenacres-based firm.

The company later got contracts in 2014 and 2015 to clean fire stations and lifeguard stands.

Lancaster told investigators she did minor work for her husband’s company, mostly bookkeeping.

The commission’s investigation concluded the violation was unintentional.

“Although she took training it does not appear she understood the relationship between her [and] her husband’s company was prohibited,” the commission’s executive summary said.

Commission investigator Anthony Bennett said after the meeting he could not comment on whether Williams violated any ethics rules when he approaching an employee about outside work. Asked if the city disciplined Williams, Bennett referred that question to the city, which didn’t immediately respond Thursday. Williams left earlier this year to become chief of a department in Gallatin, Tenn.

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