A North Miami councilwoman and the mayor’s wife each had “joint partnerships” with the city that were never disclosed to the public, according to the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics and Public Trust.
Councilwoman Marie Steril used city staff to solicit donations on behalf of her nonprofit Family Corners and the mayor’s wife, Bernadette Pierre, partnered with the city to host a fundraising event for another nonprofit.
The commission did not charge the women with wrongdoing, or levy fines, but did issue the city two strongly worded letters of instruction warning North Miami to avoid similar entanglements in the future.
The commission’s investigation found fundraisers for Steril’s nonprofit, Family Corners were organized in part by Natasha Colebrook-Williams and Stephanie Thomas while working on the city’s clock.
The investigation found that North Miami and Laissez-Faire donated $8,880 from their fundraising efforts to the Miami Choral Academy, but investigators could not conclude whether the mayor’s wife profited from the arrangement.
In a separate investigation, the commission looked into whether Pierre’s dance company Laissez-Faire may have profited from a joint partnership with North Miami in a fundraiser project to benefit the Miami Choral Academy.
Pierre did not respond to calls to her cell phone and she did not respond to a request for comment sent through her husband, Mayor Andre Pierre...
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Via Billy Corben