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West Palm Beach mayor says "graphic" pictures led to resignation of former city administrator

Posted at 3:03 PM, Nov 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-05 17:56:38-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — During Monday’s city commission meeting, West Palm Beach Mayor James Keith said he asked former city administrator Jeff Green for his resignation after an employee showed a graphic photo.

"On the morning of Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, I was informed by then assisting city administrator Fayne Johnson of a disturbing and credible allegation about former city administrator Green," Keith said in the meeting on Monday. "An employee revealed a graphic text photo and implicated the former city administrator."

James said the allegations were made during the employee’s termination meeting. He did not describe the picture nor give the name of the former employee.

But who sent the picture?

"I had evidence that a very graphic text was sent," James told Contact 5 Investigatir Wanda Moore on Tuesday.

"By [Green]?" Moore asked.

"I had evidence of a very graphic text was sent. And that [Green] was on the text chain. I should say that," said James. "She was a city employee. He as a city administrator should never have been involved in that kind of behavior."

The interview was ended at that point and the question remained, who sent the picture?

James said in his speech on Monday that in an effort to spare the city an expensive lawsuit by the former employee who received the picture, a settlement was entered.

The settlement has to be approved by the commissioners. No further details were given.

James said he wanted to speak sooner about the details that led to Green’s resignation but he could not because the situation "quickly escalated into a sensitive legal matter."

Green could not be reached for a comment on Tuesday.

Green had been the city administrator since 2013. Green was asked to resign shortly after a $7.9 million no-bid contract was awarded to a company whose director socializes with Green.