Tankersley verbally reprimanded for hiring fiasco
St. Petersburg Public Works Administrator Claude Tankersley generated headlines this week when it came to light that he had recruited a Department of Environmental Protection employee for a high-paying city job.
At the time, that DEP employee, Michele Duggan, was part of a state investigative team looking into more than 160 million gallons of sewage dumped or spilled under Tankersley's watch.
Tankersley, who started his job in February, won't face any major disciplinary action for reaching out to Duggan, according to Mayor Rick Kriseman's office, which responded late Friday to questions asked earlier this week by the Tampa Bay Times.
"The mayor and (City Administrator) Gary (Cornwell) met with Claude yesterday and communicated their concern and expectations moving forward," wrote Kriseman spokesman Ben Kirby in an email.
Would that be considered a verbal reprimand, a Times reporter asked?
"You can consider it that," Kirby responded.
DEP officials declined to comment when asked if Duggan faced any disciplinary action for applying for a job and meeting privately with Tankersley in his City Hall office while helping investigate the city's massive sewage discharges.