Ethics panel cites Delray Beach firefighter

ethics logoA Delray Beach firefighter/paramedic unintentionally violated ethics when he obtained an outside contract with the city, the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics ruled Friday.

The panel, following an executive session of about an hour, voted to give Conor Devery a “letter of instruction.”

According to a staff memo, Devery, who with his wife owns the firm First Response Training, was approached for training services by officials from Delray Beach Fire-Rescue. The city eventually paid the firm $2,245 over three years.

The vote marks the third action by the ethics panel in response to inquiries from Delray Beach City Manager Donald Cooper following city audits.

In July, the commission ordered a similar “letter of instruction” for Desiree Lancaster, an ambulance billing contract supervisor who admitted steering about $12,000 in work in a pressure cleaning firm she and her husband own. The commission concluded this violation also was unintentional.

And in June, Delray Beach parks and recreation maintenance worker Gordon Eaton was cleared of charges he worked for an outside landscape firm that did business with the city. Both Eaton and the firm’s owners said Eaton never had worked there.

The ethics panel’s Oct. 6 meeting had been moved to Friday by Hurricane Matthew.

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