Miami Beach Commissioner Jonah Wolfson’s legislative aide will be issued a letter of instruction after a resident filed an ethics complaint over a public records request.
The resident, Sherry Kaplan Roberts, is running in the Nov. 5 election for the Group I commission seat. She called the incident a “misunderstanding.”
According to the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and the Public Trust, Roberts asked three times for Wolfson’s email list.
“His aide denied such a list existed, but after being contacted by Ethics Commission investigators, Commissioner Wolfson instructed his staff to work with Miami Beach’s technology department and the records request was fulfilled,” according to a press release from the commission.
The complaint will be dismissed, but Wolfson’s aide, Leonor Hernandez, will be issued a letter of instruction “reminding her of the duties and obligations regarding provision of public records by public servants in the Miami-Dade County Citizen’s Bill of Rights.”
An ethics commission spokeswoman wrote in an email that the letter of instruction will be directed “primarily to the legislative aide, since Commissioner Wolfson was very responsive when made aware of the situation.”
Roberts said she got her request after the commission made it “more clear” what she was looking for.
“I feel badly because I think it was a misunderstanding,” Roberts said.
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