Jacksonville City Council Rules panel OKs Fred Newbill to JEA Board - Florida Politics

Jacksonville City Council Rules panel OKs Fred Newbill to JEA Board

A prominent Jacksonville pastor who teamed up with Pastor Ken Adkins to oppose the 2016 version of the Jacksonville Human Rights Ordinance expansion was cleared by the Jacksonville City Council Rules Committee to serve on the JEA Board Wednesday.

Despite two of the HRO co-sponsors, Jim Love and Tommy Hazouri, serving on Rules, no questions were asked of Newbill about the inconsistency of his anti-HRO stance with the anti-discrimination guidelines under which JEA and the city’s other independent authorities operate.

Multiple council members, including Love and Hazouri, lauded Newbill, with Hazouri saying that Newbill has “seen the light on the HRO.”

Rules approved Newbill unanimously, and the council will do likewise next week.

Reporters asked Newbill after his hearing what it meant to have “seen the light” on the HRO, but he and JEA Board Chair Tom Petway refused to offer comment.

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