A complaint has been filed against Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson with the Commission On Ethics.
This right before the Sheriff is up for reelection and about the time Assistant State Attorney Greg Anchors issued a letter denying another criminal complaint by Osborne.
In the October 18th complaint filed with the Commission On Ethics. Osborne says he made known to the sheriff apparent criminal corruption by Walton Commissioner Scott Brannon and what he claims are threats against him and his family. He claims the sheriff failed to take action and says this is favoring friends. Osborne also claims the sheriff sent an email to Brannon's private email address and says it appears he is coaching Brannon on a "dirty land deal gone bad" and covering up a close friend's misconduct. And Osborne talks about free speech and being taken off the commissioner’s agenda and says the sheriff should enforce the ordinances dealing with Driftwood Estate issues.
Kaye Starling, complaint coordinator with the Commission On Ethics, explains the process involves submission of a complaint. She says not all complaints are investigated. They review them to make sure the complaint is submitted properly and falls under their jurisdiction. If the Commission elects to proceed, there can be an investigation. The Commission deals with many complaints, but making a complaint does not mean it is valid. If the complaint is accepted to be investigated and the investigation finds validity, then action can be taken.
Osborne’s complaint was filed two days before a letter from the Assistant State Attorney was issued, denying criminal charges action against the Sheriff and Commissioners. Assistant State Attorney Greg Anchors says the fact the Osborne alleges the sheriff is not taking action on his complaint constitutes mortgage fraud is totally without merit. He says there has been no showing that the sheriff failed to carry out his duties or responsibilities. Anchor says Osborne also alleges the commissioners, by allowing building permits to be issued on a project constitutes mortgage fraud on the lending institutes because the development plans were violated. He says Osborne has had several lawsuits against the County Commissioners on the allegation and the courts have ruled against him. He says Osborne’s attempts to prohibit the issue of building permits in the civil suit have also been rejected. Anchor says, regardless of the civil actions, the charges do not constitute mortgage fraud against the Sheriff or County Commissioners.
Talking about the Commission On Ethics complaint, Sheriff Adkinson says Osborne notified the media before he was notified and calls it, “Obviously frivolous in nature.” He says Osborne has his own personal failures and he has been advised by the Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the State Attorney and all have agreed with the position taken by the Sheriff’s Office. Adkinson notes Osborne has filed a number of various kinds of complaints and they have been dismissed. Adkinson says when Osborne did not get what he wanted, he started filing frivolous complaints and many were posted on the internet almost as simultaneously as he filed them. Adkinson says it is pretty clear they do not arrest commissioners over building permit issues, saying that would be an abuse of power.