LYNN HAVEN — As the formal announcement of the federal indictment of a number of Lynn Haven city officials took place Tuesday, indictment records obtained by The News Herald make mention of the mayor, city attorney, community services director, and one commissioner in the unfolding public corruption case.


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According to the indictment, Lynn Haven Mayor Margo Anderson, City Attorney Adam Albritton, Community Services Director David Horton, and a city commissioner allegedly received unauthorized debris removal services that were then billed to the city.


The invoices submitted by city-contracted lawn care vendor Erosion Control Specialist for those services were "not authorized under the emergency contract and were for personal residences of some Lynn Haven officials," the indictment states.



Horton, along with former City Manager Michael White, and David White and Shannon Rodriguez — both associated with ECS — had been indicted, federal documents showed Tuesday.


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Initially, the services were "concealed and not disclosed in the ECS invoices," however, in order for payment to be made, White endorsed the invoices.


According to the indictment, the following unauthorized ECS work for Lynn Haven officials included:


– The private residence in Lynn Haven and the farm located outside Lynn Haven in Bay County (Youngstown) belonging to the former Lynn Haven City Manager Michael White;


– The private residences of the Mayor of Lynn Haven and her mother;


– The private residence of the Community Services Director of Lynn Haven David Horton;


– The private residences of the Lynn Haven City Attorney and others as directed by the City Attorney; and


– The private, gated community of a city commissioner


According to records, Commissioner Dan Russell is the only Lynn Haven city commissioner who lives in a gated community.


Albritton denied wrongdoing.


"I have been asked not to comment on the events of today as it is part of an ongoing criminal investigation," Albritton emailed the News Herald. "For now, all I can say is that to best of my abilities, at all times I have honestly and faithfully fulfilled my responsibilities as the City Attorney for Lynn Haven."


Anderson, declining to comment on allegations against Albritton and Russell, emphatically denied ECS performed any clean up services on her private property following the hurricane.


"That's completely false," she said Tuesday. "My property was not cleaned."


Anderson said she had once seen an invoice from ECS listing a property at 514 Virginia Ave. as having received services. However, she said, the tree removal was actually on an easement belonging to the city, "behind where my house is."


"It does not belong to me or the guy behind me," she said. "It belongs to the city and the City has cleaned it for years."


"I have done nothing wrong," she added.


Russell, nor commissioners Pat Perno and Brandon Aldridge, responded to requests for comment Tuesday.


But Lynn Haven Commissioner Judy Tinder appeared to be resolved with the days’ arrests and other information provided in the indictment regarding her colleagues.


"I am not at all surprised about the ex-city manager being arrested," Tinder said. "I was a little shocked about Mr. Horton. "


Tinder, who has been supportive of the mayor’s response to allegations of corruption, also corroborated Anderson’s claim that the property clean up in question was actually on an easement. When asked if her perception of her colleagues has shifted after learning of the federal allegations against them, she said, "I have been perceiving everybody with great caution since this whole thing began."


Since in office, her constituents have often recounted decades of rumored corruption, she said.


"I have all of the faith in the world in the FBI and the (Public) Trust Unit," Tinder said, later stating, "We're going to get rid of this corruption - so I still stand by that."