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2023 Shircliff Courage Award (Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute)

On April 5, 2023 the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute recognized former Jacksonville City Council President Scott Wilson with its inaugural Shircliff Courage in the Community Award. The Institute presented Wilson the award at the Spring Meeting of the Institute’s Board of Advisors in recognition of Wilson’s role in launching the historic and unprecedented city council investigation into the proposed JEA sale and bonus plan in 2019. 

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SHB chairman, Steve Busey, who served as Special Counsel to the City Council’s Special Investigatory Committee, assisted J.U. President Tim Cost, the Institute’s Executive Director Richard Mullaney, and Board of Advisors member and former Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton, in presenting the Award to former Council President Scott Wilson.

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“As then-City Council President, Scott Wilson stood up against significant political pressure when he appointed and supported the Council’s special committee to investigate the City’s purposefully opaque and ultimately unsuccessful effort to sell JEA,” said Busey. “But for Scott’s courage and unsung tenacity, the true story behind the City’s failed and fraudulent scheme may have never been told.”

Read the JEA Investigation Report here.

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