Sebastian Officials Request Governor to Remove Damien Gilliams and Pamela Parris from Office

Damien Gilliams and Pamela Parris
Damien Gilliams and Pamela Parris

City officials in Sebastian are requesting that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis intervene and remove Sebastian Council members Damien Gilliams and Pamela Parris from public office.

The move comes after Gilliams added items to the special meeting agenda for Wednesday. These items include asking for health insurance for city council members, removing the mayor, terminating the city manager, and publicly rebuking the former Chief of Police.

The special meeting for Wednesday was supposed to be about deciding if the city was going to make face masks mandatory for employees at businesses within the City of Sebastian.

However, at the last minute, Gilliams decided to add his own items on the agenda to resemble what residents called a coup from the April 22nd meeting. The meeting was dubbed “illegal” by investigators with the State Attorney’s Office.

So, Sebastian officials added an item asking the Florida governor to remove Gilliams and Parris. The two council members were arrested on criminal charges for breaking Sunshine Laws and perjury for lying to investigators.

“A resolution of the City of Sebastian, Indian River County, Florida, request Governor Ron DeSantis to intervene and remove council member Damien Gilliams and Council Member Pamela Parris immediately as a result of council member Gilliams arrest on June 16, 2020, for three (3) counts of violation of the Sunshine Law, F.S. 286.011 (3) (A) and one (1) count of perjury; Council member Parris was arrested on June 16, 2020 for one (1) count of violation of the Sunshine Law, F.S. 286.011 (3)( A) and one (1) count of perjury,” the agenda item says.

During public outcry in early May, Sebastian citizens asked the council not to remove the mayor or terminate any staff. Obviously, Gilliams ignored the residents of Sebastian and added it to the agenda once again.

“City business is again falling behind because Damien Gilliams and Pamela Parris have their own self-serving agendas that are different than the needs for the people of Sebastian,” a resident told Sebastian Daily.

The PAC Recall group has posted a schedule where people can sign the petitions to have Gilliams and Parris removed from public office.

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About Andy Hodges
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.