Palm Beach County ethics panel won’t sanction West Palm Beach fire marshal

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Disgraced former West Palm Beach fire marshal Derrick Daniels won’t face sanctions from the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics for shaking down residents, after the panel decided Thursday his 2015 criminal conviction was enough.

Daniels, who rose through the ranks during his two-decade ethics logocareer to become a battalion chief, was convicted in November of six charges of grand theft and one charge of unlawful compensation by a public official. Prosecutors said he went out on nights and weekends to check that groups holding special events were complying with fire-safety codes and pocketed some $3,000 over 10 months in 2012 and 2013.

Daniels faced a prison term of nearly three years. Instead, in December, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Dina Keever sentenced him to the 30 days he’d served, placed him on six months of house arrest, and ordered five years of probation and 100 hours of community service.

On Thursday, the ethics commission voted that “the public interest has already been served to the extensive sanctions levied by a criminal court.”

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