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Tamarac Interim City Attorney Hans Ottinot Fails To Disclose His Role As Paid Political Consultant & Campaign Manager

Hans Ottinot and wife with Judge Phoebe Francois

Tamarac interim city attorney Hans Ottinot failed to disclose his recent role as a paid political consultant and campaign manager, records show. This is the second instance of Ottinot failing to tell Tamarac officials about his outside consulting work. Last month, REDBROWARD revealed Hans Ottinot failed to disclose his lucrative legal consulting contract with the City of North Miami when applying for the permanent city attorney position.

REDBROWARD obtained a November 2020 contract between HLA Consulting Group LLC and the City of North Miami for legal consulting on matters involving private/public partnership developments and other land use issues. HLA Consulting Group LLC receives $2,500 per month for the contract which runs through September 2021. Florida business records show Hans Ottinot created HLA Consulting Group LLC in November 2020.

A review of Hans Ottinot’s bid to be the permanent Tamarac City Attorney shows no mention of HLA Consulting Group LLC or its lucrative deal with the City of North Miami. Ottinot’s paperwork also lacks any mention of his work as a paid political consultant.

HERE COMES THE JUDGE

Official campaign treasurer reports show Hans Ottinot and his wife were paid political consultants for Broward County Judge Phoebe Francois for her 2020 election. The records show Judge Francois paid Hans Ottinot $7,500 for his consulting work. Ottinot’s wife, Margarita Francois Ottinot was paid $7,000 for consulting on Judge Francois’ campaign.

In addition to the $7,000 consulting fee, Margarita Francois Ottinot was paid $3,000 for “early voting” and another $3,000 for “election day.” One would think Hans Ottinot would brag about his election victory not to mention his family’s $20,500 haul.

Yet Ottinot never mentioned this payday in his city attorney paperwork.

Perhaps Hans Ottinot thought it was weird that his opponents for the permanent City of Tamarac attorney position helped make the Ottinot family $20,500 haul possible.

The campaign treasurer records show State Representative Dotie Joseph made a small contribution to Judge Phoebe Francois. As REDBROWARD exposed last month, Dotie Joseph is listed as a member of the Ottinot Law firm in the proposal submitted to City of Tamarac. But Dotie Joseph is also listed as an attorney with the Austin Pamies Norris Weeks Powell firm, according to its website.

Austin Pamies Norris Weeks Powell is hoping to be the next Tamarac city attorney.

Michelle Pamies of the Austin Pamies Norris Weeks Powell firm made a $500 contribution to Judge Phoebe Francois.

Burnadette Norris Weeks P.A. made a $350 contribution to Judge Phoebe Francois. Burnadette Norris Weeks was the former attorney for Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes.

Another Tamarac City Attorney hopeful, Michael Garcia, is also listed as an attorney on the Austin Pamies Norris Weeks Powell website.

Why does Hans Ottinot fail to disclose his significant business dealings to City of Tamarac officials? The Mayor, the City Commission and the City Manager need to know about matters which may pose a conflict of interest, right?

Why are so many of the law firms seeking the Tamarac city attorney job interconnected?

Is everyone on Team Dale Holness?

Tamarac voters deserve to know, right?

Who will come to the defense of Tamarac residents and business owners?

Three Out Of Five Tamarac City Attorney Candidates Endorsed By Team Dale Holness

Three of the five law firms seeking the lucrative Tamarac City Attorney contract have the support of Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness and his allies, records show. On Wednesday, the Tamarac City Commission will discuss submissions from Fox Rothschild LLP, Michael Garcia P.A., Ottinot Law P.A., Abrams Law and Austin Pamies Norris Weeks Powell. Last month, REDBROWARD revealed attorneys for Ottinot Law and Michael Garcia P.A. are listed on the Austin Pamies Norris Weeks and Powell website.

Founded in Philadelphia in 1905, Fox Rothschild LLP and its team of 950 lawyers should be the frontrunners for any city attorney position. John Herin, the managing partner of Fox Rothschild LLP Miami boasts a superb resume. His professional references include the City of Hollywood, the City of Sarasota, the City of Fort Myers Beach, the City of Biscayne Park and the City of Doral.

But this is Tamarac, so sadly, Fox Rothschild LLP has no chance.

Likewise for Abrams Law of Fort Lauderdale. As former members of law firms with experience in municipal and land use law, Ryan Abrams and Theron Simmons should be serious contenders for the City of Tamarac job. Their professional references include government attorneys from the Monroe County School Board and Pompano Beach, as well as the former Monroe School Superintendent and clerks from the Key Largo Fire Department.

But this is Marlon Bolton’s Tamarac. Sorry Abrams Law.

Judging from its proposal, Michael Garcia P.A. is not making a good first impression. All candidates are required to submit proof of liability insurance. For most of the proposals, the proof is two or three pages showing policy information. But Michael Garcia P.A. included nearly one hundred pages of liability insurance information as well as automobile insurance paperwork. Not very environmentally friendly Michael Garcia P.A.

But this is Tamarac so that will not hurt Garcia. What really helps Michael Garcia P.A. are his friends. Garcia lists Miramar City Commissioner Maxwell Chambers as a professional reference.

Two weeks ago, Chambers endorsed Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness at congressional campaign announcement. Tamarac Commissioner Elberg Mike Gelin also endorsed Dale Holness at the campaign kickoff.

In February 2020, Commissioner Elberg Mike Gelin made a $1,000 contribution to Maxwell Chambers re-election campaign.

But Michael Garcia has more than a Miramar Commissioner in his corner.

FRIENDS OF MARLON BOLTON

In March, REDBROWARD revealed ties between Michael Garcia and Anthony Bonamy, the operator of the Tamarac Post website. This website repeatedly shills for Tamarac Commissioners Bolton, Gelin, Elvin Villalobos as well as Dale Holness.

State records show Garcia and Bonamy formed the Small Business Alliance PAC in January 2019. Bonamy was named as treasurer. After receiving numerous “fail to file” campaign finance records warnings, Michael Garcia told the Division of Elections neither he nor Bonamy had the “time to properly maintain” the political committee. It is unclear if the committee raised or spent any funds before disbanding.

In a November 2020 video of North Lauderdale Commissioner Regina Martin’s election night party obtained by REDBROWARD, Marlon Bolton hugs Michael Garcia as local news declared Martin’s victory. Eleven days later Regina Martin and Marlon Bolton urged the North Lauderdale commissioners to hire Anthony Bonamy. Earlier this month, Bonamy lost his job as North Lauderdale deputy city clerk after the revelations of his continued political work.

Now here’s where it gets very confusing.

As of today, Michael Garcia is listed as an attorney with the Austin Pamies Norris Weeks Powell law firm. Founded by former Broward Supervisor Of Elections attorney Burnadette Norris Weeks, Austin Pamies Norris Weeks Powell is another applicant for the City of Tamarac job. Norris Weeks is a longtime ally of County Commissioner Dale Holness. While Holness is not listed as a professional reference, Austin Pamies Norris Weeks Powell does list Brenda Snipes.

Another of Burnadette Norris Weeks’ professional references is Miramar City Commissioner Alexandra Davis. Two weeks ago, Davis joined Elberg Mike Gelin at Dale Holness’ campaign kickoff. Like Chambers, Gelin and Norris Weeks, Alexandra Davis is a longtime ally of Dale Holness. In March, Alexandra Davis joined Dale Holness and Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton at a party hosted by Jamaican General Consul Oliver Mair.

Another attorney listed on the Austin Pamies Norris Weeks Powell website is State Representative Dotie Joseph. Last month, REDBROWARD reported Joseph paid Bonamy $600 for consulting on her 2018 campaign for the Florida Legislature.

But here’s more confusion. While Joseph is listed online as a lawyer with Austin Pamies Norris Weeks Powell, her name is included in the Tamarac proposal submitted by Tamarac interim city attorney Hans Ottinot.

How can Dotie Joseph be part of Austin Pamies and Ottinot Law P.A.? This is Tamarac.

Ottinot has a big ace in the hole. Besides the undying support of Gelin, Bolton and Villalobos, Ottinot lists Dale Holness as a professional reference.

And in an example of sheer arrogance, Ottinot includes a puff piece from The Tamarac Post in his proposal. Maybe that was Marlon Bolton’s idea?

Oddly enough, Ottinot lists State Representative Omari Hardy as a “client reference.” On Wednesday, Hardy announced his campaign for the same Congressional seat as Dale Holness.

Did anyone tell Ottinot?

Why is Team Dale Holness so interested in controlling the City of Tamarac?

Is Team Dale Holness trying to rig to process in order to maintain control of the City?

Does anyone care?

Will anyone stand up to Team Dale Holness?