WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (November 13, 2019) -- Mayor Keith A. James is sharing new public records pertaining to the resignation of former City Administrator Jeff Green. The attached Notice of Findings memo became public record on Friday, November 8, 2019, after the closeout of an investigation into a report of alleged EEO violation(s). The EEO report was made by an employee who affirmed being shown a graphic text photo by a former employee during the former employee’s termination meeting on October 4, 2019. In presenting the graphic text photo, the former employee implicated Mr. Green.
As previously indicated, once made aware of the former employee’s claim on October 4, 2019, Mayor James immediately confronted Mr. Green about the graphic text photo and the allegation that he was implicated in other related inappropriate activity. Based on that discussion, Mayor James took immediate action and requested Mr. Green’s resignation, which was tendered on October 8, 2019, to be effective the next day.
Late on October 9, 2019 through legal counsel, the City was informed of additional allegations of gross misconduct by Mr. Green related to the former employee. The causes of action related to the additional allegations could have been brought under federal law and state laws.
Information pertaining to the additional allegations was reviewed in pre-suit mediation on Friday, November 1, 2019. Rather than subject the City to a lengthy and expensive lawsuit over the allegations, a conditional settlement was reached at such mediation. The conditional settlement was based on all of the allegations presented at mediation, including the newer, additional allegations presented through legal counsel to the City on October 9. The conditional settlement will be brought to Commissioners for consideration at a city commission meeting on Monday, November 18, 2019.
As previously announced, the Commissioners have been kept apprised through the City Attorney. Due to the laws governing mediation, details of these additional allegations are unable to be shared.