Leaders of Delray Beach Neighborhood and Community Services Department resign amid investigation of grant payouts

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Michael Coleman has resigned amid an investigation into his department. Photo courtesy of city of Delray.

By: Marisa Herman

Associate Editor

The leaders of the Delray Beach Neighborhood and Community Services Department have resigned from their positions as the city begins an investigation into the department’s distribution of grant money to various organizations, Interim City Manager Neal de Jesus announced in a press release today.

Director Michael Coleman, who began working at the department in July 2015, after retiring from the Delray Beach Police Department at the rank of captain, and Assistant Director Jamael Stewart, who was hired in Dec. 2015, both resigned Wednesday morning.

The Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics, the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office and the Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General will investigate the grant money distribution, according to the release.

Three other Neighborhood and Community Services employees have been reassigned to other departments during the probe.

The department oversees code enforcement, sanitation and neighborhood safety.

de Jesus selected David Weatherspoon, a police captain who has worked for Delray police department since 1993, to run the Neighborhood and Community Services Department until a replacement is chosen. 

“Because of the multiple ongoing investigations, I can’t discuss details of the two recent resignations. However, I can say that the Neighborhood and Community Services Department will be run with professionalism and fairness moving forward,” de Jesus said. “The community we serve deserves that, and I have full confidence in Captain David Weatherspoon to do the job with the highest of ethical standards.”

Coleman declined to comment when reached by phone.

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