Tamarac Commissioner Elberg Mike Gelin fails to list all of his government contracts on his required financial disclosure forms, records show. Tamarac commissioners and most Florida municipal officials are legally required to submit a Form 1 financial disclosure statement. Elberg Mike Gelin’s filing are posted on the City of Tamarac website. The forms for 2019 and 2018 are currently available for public review.

Gelin’s 2018 Form 1 lists nothing under “Statement of Financial Interests.”

In 2019, Gelin listed contracts with the City of Miramar, the City of Lauderdale Lakes and Broward Health (North Broward Health District).

Last week, REDBROWARD revealed Gelin failed to mention his business relationship with the City of Miramar even though the Miramar city attorney was seeking the same position with the City of Tamarac. According to public records, Gelin Benefits Group, a company owned by Commissioner Gelin, has a lucrative contract with the City of Miramar.

In 2018, the City of Miramar signed a contract for health benefits consulting with Gelin Benefits Group, Inc. The three year deal was set to expire in January 2021.

On January 27, 2021, City of Miramar officials recommended a new deal with Gelin Benefits Group. The first contract awarded $105,000 per year to Gelin Benefits Group. The new deal saw a huge 60% increase for Gelin Benefits Group.

Under the new deal, Miramar taxpayers would pay $165,000 per year to Gelin’s company as well as “$240 hourly for work on an as needed basis.”

While Gelin did list Miramar on his 2019 Form 1, documents submitted by Gelin Benefits Group show numerous other contracts with local governmental entities.

In one document, Gelin bragged his references included “three of the largest public agencies in Broward County, Fl.” So why didn’t Gelin disclose this on his Form 1?

GELIN BENEFITS GROUP STATEMENTS

On January 10, 2019, Gelin Benefits Group submitted a proposal to the City of Lauderdale Lakes. In the proposal, Gelin Benefits Group states it provides services to the City of Miramar and the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO).

Five months later, Elberg Mike Gelin submitted his 2018 Form 1 which listed neither Miramar nor BSO under “financial interests.” When Gelin submitted his 2019 Form 1 on June 25, 2020 the Broward Sheriff’s Office was not listed.

On August 22, 2019, Gelin Benefits Group submitted a controversial proposal to the City of North Miami. Gelin Benefits Group stated its clients included the City of Miramar, the City of Lauderdale Lakes, Broward Health, Broward Sheriff’s Office, and Broward County Government.

Under “notable client experience,” Gelin listed the City of Miramar, the City of Coconut Creek and the Broward Clerk of Courts.

Under “references,” Gelin Benefits Group listed Miramar, BSO, and Broward County Government.

Gelin never listed BSO, Coconut Creek, Broward Clerk of Courts or Broward County Government.

Why would Elberg Mike Gelin hide lucrative contracts with big government agencies from voters?

Did Elberg Mike Gelin run out of space on his Form 1?

REDBROWARD asked Tamarac Commissioner Elberg Mike Gelin for an explanation.

Gelin did not respond to our request for comment.

Published by Tom Lauder

Covering South Florida Politics Since 2010...As Seen On: POLITICO, The Huffington Post, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Miami Herald, WPLG LOCAL 10 (ABC MIAMI), The New Times

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  1. BSO has a Police contract with the City of Tamarac where the commissioner vote on items of of interest involving BSO. This should be a conflict of interest. But only in Broward County this these types of political behavior continues without anything happening.

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