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West Palm Beach mayor announces Faye Johnson as new city administrator

Posted at 10:45 AM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 17:32:01-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James formally introduced Faye Johnson as the new city administrator on Friday, nearly three months after the controversial resignation of former administrator Jeff Green.

Johnson had been serving as interim city administrator since Green's resignation in October.

Mayor James said history was made with the announcement of Johnson as city administrator. "Faye will become the city's first city administrator who is a woman and who is African-American."

He called it a big win for the city. "The breadth and depth of her experience, qualifications and training truly distinguish her and set her above and apart from all other candidates."

Johnson's experience includes 13 years in county government administration, 17 years in city government operations, and three years of formal city management training, according to the city.

"I am truly excited about taking on the helm full time in a permanent capacity," Johnson said.

Green resigned on Oct. 9 after roughly six years on the job.

A former city employee said Green raped her at City Hall. She also alleged she received sexually charged messages, including graphic pictures, from Green and Willie Perez. Perez is the regional director of a security company that won a controversial $7.9 million no-bid contract.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an inquiry into the rape accusations against Green. He has not been arrested or charged with any crimes in connection with the former employee's claims.

Green has not responded to WPTV's requests for comment, but denied the allegations to our news partners at The Palm Beach Post.

During a City Commission meeting on Nov. 15, commissioners unanimously rejected a $180,000 settlement offer for the former employee, which Mayor James had urged them to approve.

Commissioners said they felt steamrolled by the settlement and asked for more information and an external investigation into the allegations.

Now that a settlement is off the table, the former employee could file a lawsuit. Her attorney told WPTV she's considering it.