The primary unbiased ethics officer to be appointed by the Florida metropolis of Tallahassee has been arrested on cyber-stalking expenses.
Julie Meadows-Keefe is accused of stalking former metropolis auditor Bert Fletcher, with whom she had an on-off romantic relationship each throughout and after the time once they each labored for Tallahassee.
The State Lawyer’s Workplace charged 51-year-old Meadows-Keefe with the first-degree misdemeanor on January 11. After showing earlier than Leon County Choose Augustus D. Aikens Jr. yesterday, Meadows-Keefe was launched on pretrial circumstances that prohibit her from having contact with Fletcher or any of his members of the family.
The choose additional barred Meadows-Keefe from utilizing digital gadgets with web entry aside from the needs of labor, banking, conducting legal professional enterprise, and paying payments.
Meadows-Keefe was employed by Fletcher and former metropolis legal professional Lew Shelley in 2014 to coach metropolis elected officers and staff on ethics.
Fletcher and Meadows-Keefe, whose Metropolis Corridor workplaces had been adjoining, started a romantic relationship whereas each had been nonetheless married. Fletcher continued the connection with Meadows-Keefe after divorcing from his spouse and retiring from the town in 2017, however the relationship broke down in 2018.
Meadows-Keefe, who now works for a neighborhood legislation agency, was arrested Monday after allegedly making threats of bodily violence towards Fletcher. The possible trigger affidavit alleges that Meadows-Keefe harassed the sufferer repeatedly beginning December 21, 2020, with lots of of cellphone calls, emails, and textual content messages.
Fletcher stated that he had been receiving nuisance cellphone calls from an “unknown” quantity he believes belongs to Meadows-Keefe all through 2019 and 2020, regardless of altering his quantity on the finish of 2019.
The pair rekindled their relationship in late September 2020 after Fletcher answered one of many calls and it turned out to be from Meadows-Keefe. The previous ethics officer divorced her husband the next month.
Fletcher ended the connection in December. Meadows-Keefe confirmed to a State Lawyer’s Workplace investigator that she had been calling Fletcher however stated that he had not requested her to cease doing so.
Meadows-Keefe just lately settled a lawsuit towards Tallahassee by which she claimed that she was retaliated towards and compelled to depart her place early after utilizing public funds to hitch the Tiger Bay Membership.