However, Gilliams says he’s innocent on all charges and has blamed others for his recall, his crimes, and the judge who handled his case. He insists that the appeals court will find him innocent.
Damien Gilliams, Pamela Parris, and Charles Mauti had an illegal meeting to fire staff and appoint him as the new Mayor of Sebastian. A judge deemed the meeting unlawful and void as an actual city proceeding.
During the meeting, Gilliams violated several of Florida’s Sunshine Laws. Gilliams also lied to investigators and was charged with perjury.
In 2020, a political action committee was formed that spearheaded the Sebastian recall. Nearly 94% of Sebastian citizens who voted chose to remove Gilliams from public office.
A judge sentenced Gilliams to jail for six months, $2,500 in fines, restitution of $26,098.50, and court costs of $368. Gilliams’ case is still in the appeals court. So far, he has lost all other appeals related to his criminal case.
Gilliams is ordered to report to jail within 24 hours if his current appeal is denied.
Mayor Jim Hill, who has been involved in local politics and served his community for about two decades, calls Gilliams shameful, disturbing, and disappointing for running for public office again.
“It’s shameful. It’s an attempt to muddy up the election for the citizens in Sebastian.”
As for the citizens in Sebastian, most of them have spoken openly about their concerns with Gilliams on social media. They believe his behavior has cost the city monies that he has not reimbursed through his ordered restitution, nor has he served his jail sentence, and they think he’s thumbing his nose at the recall and the City of Sebastian.
Damien Gilliams was never the Mayor of Sebastian. Now that he is running for city council again, citizens are saying he is lying to the public by campaigning that he is a former Mayor of Sebastian.
Recently, he changed his Facebook status to “Former Mayor of Sebastian City Council.” There is no legal record of Gilliams ever serving as the mayor, nor has he served as a Mayor of the City of Sebastian.