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Ethics commission takes no further action on Hernando Commissioner Druzbick

BROOKSVILLE — The Florida Commission on Ethics has found probable cause that County Commissioner John Druzbick failed to list a condominium he owned in Daytona Beach on three years of financial disclosures.

At its October meeting, however, the commission chose to take no further action because Druzbick has since updated those disclosures.

The ethics complaint was filed against Druzbick days before the August primary election by Danielle Alexandre, the media liaison for Jason Patrick Sager. Sager defeated Druzbick in the Republican primary by just eight votes.

The complaint was filed after the Hernando Times reported that during Druzbick's term on the commission, he had two condominiums foreclosed on and that the most expensive of those — a two-bedroom, two-bath Horizons Condominium unit he and his wife paid $450,000 for in May 2006 — was not listed on his financial disclosure form.

Druzbick said he did not think he had to list the condominium because only the finances of his wife, Deborah Walker-Druzbick, were considered when they sought the $405,000 mortgage for the property.

But property records show that Druzbick and his wife are both listed on the deed for the condominium unit and the mortgage.

Immediately after the Times questioned Druzbick about the property, he contacted the Commission on Ethics to check on what he needed to do. He filed amended financial disclosures, which included the condominium, several days later based on the advice he received.

Barbara Behrendt can be reached at behrendt@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1434.

Ethics commission takes no further action on Hernando Commissioner Druzbick 11/02/12 [Last modified: Friday, November 2, 2012 7:22pm]
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