Two Delray Employees Resign As Investigation Of Grant Monies Begins

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By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

Two Delray Beach city employees resigned on June 5 as an investigation into their office’s distribution of grant money began.

Director of the Delray Beach Neighborhood and Community Services Department Michael Coleman and his assistant director Jamael Stewart resigned from their positions. They both began working for the department in 2015.

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 look into grant distributions, according to interim city manager Neal de Jesus.

The Neighborhood and Community Services Department is responsible for overseeing code enforcement, neighborhood safety and sanitation.

Coleman took over as director in July 2015 after he retired from the Delray Beach Police Department at the rank of captain. Stewart joined the team in Dec. 2015.

Coleman declined to comment when reached by phone.

While the probe is going on, three other employees in the department have been reassigned. David Weatherspoon, a police captain who has worked for DBPD since 1993, will 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.”

Commissioner Adam Frankel said he couldn’t discuss details either.

“Because of the ongoing investigations into the matter by the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics, the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office and the Palm Beach Office of Inspector General, I cannot comment on the changes in the Neighborhood and Community Services Department. However, we are confident in the city’s position and look forward to the conclusion of all investigations”

It is unclear the timeline of the investigation and what allegations the employees face.