FORT MYERS, Fla. -- WINK News has learned federal investigators say they interviewed Fort Myers city council members and employees as part of an outreach program. The meetings focused on public corruption and fraud.
According to the FBI, it wasn't an investigation that led to these questions, but the meetings are giving leaders an opportunity to voice any concerns they might have, and to talk about projects they are be proud of.
"The U.S. Attorney's Office said they were just reaching out to see if anyone had any information that might be of interest to them," said City Manager Billy Mitchell.
Mitchell is one of 4 employees nd 6 city council members meeting with the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office.
"I'm not aware of any improprieties related to any of the city's projects," Mitchell said.
Those interviewed said topics discussed include the downtown waterfront project and a land deal regarding the widening of State Road 82
In a statement the U.S. Attorney's Office says:
Assistant United States Attorney Nicole Waid met with some city officials this week to discuss the priorities and resources of the federal government as partners in the community. During those discussions, various topics were discussed pertaining to the issues of each ward. Beyond that, I am unable to confirm or deny any investigation. The U.S. Attorney’s Office initiated the meetings, along with the FBI.
Mayor Randy Henderson says he has not spoken to anyone with the FBI and maintains the city has nothing to hide.
"Has it been in the 13 year scheme, perfect? I don't know that it has, but I don't think there's been misbehaving and that going on," said Mayor Henderson.
"There was never any, you know, 'we are looking for this person' or 'looking for that person,'" said councilman Levon Simms. He says the agencies questioned him Tuesday, and says it wasn't an interrogation, but a conversation.
"They were cordial. They said we are here to help this community," Simms said.