Judge dismisses Damien Gilliams’ final complaint, Sebastian recall moves forward

Damien Gilliams is hoping an appeal will stop the recall election.
Damien Gilliams is hoping an appeal will stop the recall election.

On Tuesday, Circuit Judge Janet Croom dismissed the final complaint in a lawsuit by Sebastian City Councilman Damien Gilliams in an attempt to stop the Sept. 15 recall election.

The election, prompted by Sebastian citizens who signed petitions with the PAC known as Sebastian Voters Against Gilliams and Parris, will continue to move forward towards recalling Damien Gilliams, Pamela Parris Charles Mauti from public office.

Gilliams then filed a Notice to Appeal, hoping to bring the case to the 4th District Court of Appeal. Gilliams has not officially filed an appeal, only the notice.

Gilliams will still have to file an appeal and then hope a judge will listen to the case that the courts have already dismissed.

Legal experts in Sebastian and Vero Beach tell Sebastian Daily that it will be an uphill battle for Gilliams to file the appeal expecting the courts to intervene in the electoral process. The experts say it is highly unlikely that the appeal will go anywhere to prevent the recall election.

There have been 2,312 ballots cast in the recall as of Tuesday, an 11.25% percent turnout.

Gilliams and Parris were arrested in June and still face criminal charges for violating the Sunshine Law, while Mauti faces a lesser charge for cooperating with the State Attorney’s Office.

The charges are from violating multiple Sunshine Laws and perjury stemming from a meeting on April 22 that the State Attorney’s Office called “illegal” while the residents identified it as a “coup” for trying to take over their city and appoint Gilliams as the new mayor.

The next Sebastian City Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. inside City Hall.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.