Wingo cleared of ethics violation charges

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By Carolyn Ten Broeck, Editor

The dark cloud that hovered over Williston’s interim city manager for almost two years was lifted Aug. 8 when an administrative law judge recommended that the Commission on Ethics dismiss the complaint against her.

Dr. Oel Wingo, Williston’s interim city manager in 2011 and since June of this year, was accused in October 2010 of violating specific ethics codes while in the position of city manager in Holly Hill.

The allegations against Wingo included entering into falsely dated employment contracts in an effort to insulate herself from a reduction in pay and then destroyed those documents in violation of Florida’s public records law.

An advocate presented 28 exhibits against Wingo during a final probable cause hearing  in April.

The law that the administrative law judge referenced in making his decision was:

Section 112.313(6) provides as follows:

MISUSE OF PUBLIC POSITION.—No public officer, employee of an agency, or local government attorney shall corruptly use or attempt to use his or her official position or any property or resource which may be within his or her trust, or perform his or her official duties, to secure a special privilege, benefit or exemption for himself, herself or others. This section shall not be construed to conflict with section 104.31.

The judge, W. David Watkins, wrote that Wingo’s actions were not done corruptly nor did she stand to benefit from any actions taken while she was the Holly Hill city manager.