Gene Valentino

Former Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino’s complaint against Sheriff David Morgan has been dismissed by the Florida Commission on Ethics.

Voting last month, the Commission said there was no probable cause to believe that Sheriff Morgan violated the state’s Code of Ethics.

“At the risk of sounding overconfident, we were confident from the first receipt of [the complaint] that this would be the outcome,” said Sheriff Morgan. “The complaint was frivolous and I think the finding confirmed that all the way down.”

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan is the main target of a complaint filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics, by former County Commissioner Gene Valentino. 

Valentino declined WUWF’s request to be interviewed, saying he prefers to wait until the Commission on Ethics takes up the case, which he believes will be next month or in February.

Filed in October, the complaint names Morgan in connection with three allegations.

Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino may have violated Florida’s public records law, with personal emails sent to an advisor to the reality TV show “Party Down South.” The State Attorney’s Office is reviewing the allegation.

Escambia County Attorney Allison Rogers says it all began with a records request to her office from a Doug Underhill, who was opposed to “Party Down South” filming at Pensacola Beach.

Flags at Escambia County facilities are being flown at half-staff in memory of interim County Administrator George Touart, who died this morning after a long battle with cancer.

Touart passed away early this Friday morning at his home, with his family by his side.  He was 65 years old.