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Riviera Beach Public Works Director resigns under pressure

Posted at 6:27 PM, Dec 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-22 18:27:48-05

Riviera Beach Public Works Director Brynt Johnson resigned at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Johnson had been placed on paid administrative leave in July by then-City Manager Jonathan Evans, pending two investigations.   

A WPTV investigation revealed taxpayers spent $51,000 for Johnson to stay at home.

Chairwoman KaShamba Miller-Anderson said Evans was about to fire Johnson on Sept. 22 but then was fired himself without explanation on Sept. 20. 

Shortly after the WPTV investigation aired, City Attorney Andrew DeGrraffenreidt told members of the public during Wednesday’s city council meeting that Johnson was given an ultimatum. Either he would have to resign by Friday or he would be fired. 

At 4:00 p.m. on Friday a short email was sent to city council members, informing them that Johnson had handed in his resignation. 

One of the investigations pertaining Johnson was into theft allegations in the streets division. City officials did not disclose the nature of the second investigation. 

Miller-Anderson said Friday the details of the investigations should be made public next week. 

“I’m glad this issue has been resolved,” Miller-Anderson said in a statement to WPTV. “We are no longer expending the tax payers’ dollars unnecessarily. It really dragged on much longer than it should have.”