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Investigation Clears Port St. Lucie Mayor Of Wrong-Doing

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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (WFLX) The mayor of Port St. Lucie continues to defend herself against allegations she used her influence to get the city's police chief fired.

Wednesday, the city released the findings from a private investigator to determine wether or not a meeting between the mayor and the police chief ever happened.

Joann Faiella has served as the mayor for the city of Port St. Lucie for less than two months.

Allegations quickly surfaced that she used her influence to get the city's Police Chief Donald Shinnamon fired.

Port St. Lucie councilwoman Michelle Berger said, "The city has been in a position recently where we've had to gain the faith back from the people and what better way to gain the faith back than to make sure that we're making sure that things are happening appropriately."

A complaint filed by Port St. Lucie Police Captain Joe D'Agostino prompted the city to conduct an outside investigation in to determine if there was a meeting between the mayor and the former police chief to discuss the chief's future employment.

"There were concerns about wether a meeting had occured," said Berger. "It was a rumor that was going around that it was enough of a concern that the public was starting to ask for questions to be answered."

Wednesday, the city released the findings from a private investigator who determined there was no meeting. It turned out the two coincidentally crossed paths at a mutual friend's office to wish that person a happy birthday.

Last month, Faiella held a press conference to say that Chief Shinnamon's firing was not her doing, but it was up to the city manager, Jerry Bentrott, to determine whether to renew Shinnamon's contract.

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