FDLE investigates Groveland mayor after controversial email surfaces



GROVELAND, Fla. - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is now investigating an incident involving Groveland Mayor James Gearhart.

Several top city officials, including the police chief, resigned recently, and now the FDLE confirms it has officially opened an investigation after Gearhart allegedly asked the city's IT director to search for incriminating data on his computer.

In an email, the city's IT director claimed, "I just wanted to get this in writing that I was requested to use my computer skill knowledge after work to find and locate any incriminating data for the Mayor of Groveland James Gearhart."

The IT director's email went on to say he stayed away from the situation and is unaware of what, if any, incriminating data Gearhart may have been referring to.

Groveland wouldn't comment on the issue Wednesday.

And while former Mayor Mike Radzik said there is no love lost between him and Gearhart, Radzik said it was about time state investigators looked into the city's business.

"I think it's a long time coming," he said. "And it's something that we need as a city to begin the healing process because of all the negativity."