Maddox says he’ll stay on the Tallahassee City Commission

The Executive Director of Tallahassee’s Downtown Improvement Authority will continue in her position for now. During a Monday meeting, the agency decided to postpone a decision about its embroiled leader until its next meeting.  Paige Carter-Smith has been named in a warrant in an FBI investigation.

Paige Carter-Smith, who was hired in 2016 as the Downtown Improvement Authority’s new CEO is named in a search warrant from the FBI. The warrant is part of an ongoing corruption investigation, and as the Tallahassee Democrat first reported, alleges City Commissioner Scott Maddox accepted bribes through his former consulting company, which Carter-Smith now runs. Downtown Improvement Authority board members voted 4-to-3 to take the next month to gather information with the intention of discussing the issue further at their next meeting.

Carter-Smith declined to speak with media after the meeting. The board decided to update its website with the names of its members, meeting agendas and minutes to offer more transparency to the public.

Tallahassee city Commissioners will hold their annual retreat this week. Items listed on the agenda include the extension of FAMU-Way, public safety and replacing the city manager.

TDIA chairman Chris Dudley said this is an opportunity for Carter-Smith to prove she can juggle her duties with what he calls a “busy personal time in her life.”

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Carter-Smith is named in an FBI document, claiming she and Tallahassee city commissioner Scott Maddox are tied to a bribery investigation.

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The commissioner tells WTXL there’s still work to be done while he’s in office.

Some said the board shouldn’t rush to judgment and should wait until it can verify whether or not the allegations are true.

Maddox and Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority Executive Director Paige Carter-Smith are specifically listed in a search warrant affidavit.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Paige Carter-Smith still has a place with the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority (TDIA).

The FBI wants Apple to hand over records from his Apple ID’s and I-Cloud account.

Maddox wouldn’t go into detail about the investigation, but says he’s focused on pushing forward on issues that matter to residents.

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