LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - On Tuesday, Lynn Haven city leaders held their first commission meeting since five people, including former Lynn Haven officials, were indicted for allegedly stealing $5 million in a fraudulent scheme following Hurricane Michael.
During the meeting, some raised concerns about the public corruption investigation, telling city leaders to put policies and procedures in place to avoid any future corruption.
Lynn Haven City Manager Vickie Gainer said since Hurricane Michael they have enacted more measures to handle taxpayer money more efficiently, such as requiring more signatures from government officials before purchase orders are approved and putting more of their expenditures into the city's annual budget. She said they are taking the steps necessary to make sure everything is thoroughly inspected.
"When it come to me it should of been vetted out and if it's still not vetted out I send it back to the department head for additional information," said Gainer.
In addition to hearing from residents, city officials also terminated their contract with Greenleaf Lawn Care Of Bay County, which maintains all the city's properties. The company was named in the public corruption case. Lynn Haven officials say they were considering making that decision months before the corruption investigation to save money while finding a more affordable option.
Joshua Anderson, one of the five indicted in the corruption investigation and owner of Green Leaf Lawn Care, spoke at the meeting saying the city still owes him money for his services.
"I have not been convicted of anything, so holding payment from me, I do not think it's fair. I am owed a bunch of money," said Anderson.
Gainer said the city will take over lawn care service and they plan on looking for a new lawn care service provider in the near future.