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“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”
― Patrick Henry
VENICE - Two prominent employees with the city of Venice were pressured to resign after being observed by police having sex in a local park.
Director of Community Development Chad Minor, 36, and city Planning Coordinator Kellie Bricker, 40, resigned May 31.
The Venice Police Department cited Bricker, who worked for the city for 12 years, and Minor, who started with the city in 2010, in a police report, but neither were charged with a crime.
This is the latest setback for Venice's director of community development position. The previous director, Tom Slaughter, resigned under pressure in 2011 after he was accused of making sexual comments to female subordinates.
The position now vacated by Minor is among the four top administrative jobs with the city. Minor made $86,900 annually and oversaw all zoning, planning, development requests and department staff, which included Bricker. Bricker was paid $45,669 annually.
Around 1:20 p.m. on May 15, a Wednesday, an undercover officer near Caspersen Beach Park noticed Minor's black Infiniti and Bricker's blue Toyota parked next to each other near the park's canoe launch area.
The officer reported that while the blue Toyota was not occupied, the black Infinti's engine was running with sun visors covering the windshield.
After knocking on the door and presenting his badge, the officer wrote in a Venice Police Department incident report that Minor quickly pulled away from Bricker and pulled his pants up. Bricker was also trying to clothe herself.
The two apologized to the officer, who let them go with a warning.