Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jarboe Used City Card for Personal Trips; A Look at Credit Statements Shows More Than $3,000 in Charges

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jarboe Used City Card for Personal Trips; A Look at Credit Statements Shows More Than $3,000 in Charges

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Byline: Amanda Williamson

For more than a week at the end of July 2013, former Neptune Beach City Manager Jim Jarboe traveled approximately 530 miles north to Sevierville, Tenn., a city not too far from the popular Dollywood amusement park in Pigeon Forge.

What is unusual about this vacation is not that Jarboe took it, but that the route he traversed is documented in a series of five transactions on the city's BBVA Compass credit card statement from that month.

In fact, records spanning 2009 to 2015 indicate Jarboe used a city-funded credit card on many of his private trips, racking up $3,684.16 in personal expenses over the six-year period. The destinations he ventured to - and places he stopped to refuel his vehicle - were recorded on the city's statements every time he swiped his card at gas stations as close as St. Augustine and as far away as Key West.

According to Mayor Harriet Pruette, the city of Neptune Beach never sent Jarboe on a business trip outside the greater Jacksonville area.

The card statements will become part of a larger investigation currently underway by Neptune Beach officials after allegations surfaced that Jarboe was paid for compensatory time not authorized by the City Council and technically forfeited by his early resignation. Jarboe, 73, submitted an early resignation in July after serving as the city's chief executive for 11 years.

According to a letter drafted by City Attorney Patrick Krechowski in October, the Neptune Beach Finance Department paid the former city manager for 781.17 hours of comp time - a total of $37,386.41 divided among four paychecks, including one issued months after Jarboe handed over his position to the new manager.

Krechowski's letter also demanded Jarboe pay the sum back to the city within 60 days or more formal measures would be taken. …

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