Anthony Sanders, accused of misconduct by Inspector General John Scott, resigned his commission seat on Friday.
Sanders, a pastor at Higher Vision Ministries in Hallandale Beach, submitted his resignation letter to City Hall Friday morning, saying he made the decision to step down “after much prayer and contemplation.” He could not be reached for comment Friday but previously said he did nothing wrong.
Sanders, 56, was accused of using his position as an elected official to to a nonprofit that made monthly payments to his church and family. The Broward Inspector General’s Office said it plans to file a complaint against Sanders with the state Commission on Ethics.
The Broward State Attorney’s Office is not investigating Sanders, spokesman Ron Ishoy said this week.
James Stark, Sanders’ attorney, said he was not surprised.
“I know there was no crime committed,” he said Friday. “I know Anthony Sanders. Anthony Sanders is no criminal.”
On Wednesday, political activist Chaz Stevens filed a complaint against Sanders with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As of Friday, the agency had not opened an investigation, an official there said.
Sanders’ departure from public office will trigger a special election within the next 90 days. The new commissioner would serve through November 2018.
Bill Julian, a former city commissioner under a yearlong investigation by the State Attorney’s Office, told the Sun Sentinel he plans to run for Sanders’ seat this fall.
Julian was already planning to run in the city’s 2018 election and opened a campaign account in July.
“Many, many people have asked me to try again,” said Julian, who lost last year’s election to newcomer Anabelle Taub. “I’m going to run a clean race and I’m going to run on my record of 14 years.”
Prosecutors began investigating Julian on Aug. 26, three days after Ch. 10 aired a story saying he had been saying he may have taken favors from a developer. Julian has vowed he will be vindicated, but has declined further comment.