HOLLYWOOD (CBS4) – Hollywood’s mayor is calling for a federal investigation into his city manager and other city employees after receiving two anonymous tips about some alleged shady behavior.
Mayor Peter Bober fired off two letters to the FBI and the Broward State Attorney, asking both agencies to investigate “disturbing allegations” against city employees, including City Manager Cameron Benson.
“Something’s gotta be done,” said Hollywood resident Dee Houston, who is concerned when she hears about new corruption allegations.
In just the last four years, a city commissioner and four police officers were arrested in corruption scandals. This time, the Mayor is not taking any chances.
The city won’t release the new anonymous tips, but CBS4 News has learned they have to do with misuse of position, misappropriation of city funds, and corrupt conduct.
A police officer is also involved in the investigation, that’s why the Police Chief has launched an internal affairs investigation.
Mayor Bober discussed the investigation at Wednesday’s city commission meeting.
“We can’t just get information like this and do nothing about it, because then we’re accused of not fulfilling our ethical responsibility to make city hall an ethical place,” said Mayor Bober.
The Mayor told the Commission he has no choice but to seek outside investigators.
“And I don’t want to do anything that looks like we’re trying to cover something up either,” said Mayor Bober.
At least one commissioner is concerned that the tips are anonymous.
“If you do not have the guts to sign your name, and back up what your complaint is about, then please don’t send it to me,” said Hollywood Commissioner Linda Sherwood.
“It could essentially be an over reaction. It could really depend on the seriousness of those letters,” said Hollywood resident Steve Channey.
Because some of the allegations surround a police officer, a city spokesperson says the anonymous tips will not be made public.
The spokesperson also says the City Manager won’t comment on the investigation.