Delray employee placed under paid suspension as investigation into Neighborhood Services Department continues


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A Delray Beach Neighborhood Services Department employees has been placed on administrative suspension with pay as an investigation into the department continues, according to interim city manager Neal de Jesus.

In an email to city commissioners, de Jesus said he placed Jennifer Costello on a paid suspension as the city continues to review “documents and communications.” 

“This action was necessary to protect any potential evidence subject to the investigation as well as limiting information from being shared with those currently under investigation,” he wrote in his email.

An investigation into the department has been underway since its director Michael Coleman and assistant director Jamael Stewart resigned in June amid allegations they were involved with misappropriating grant monies.

It is unclear how long Costello’s paid suspension will last.