Osceola County clerk under FDLE investigation over campaign contributions

Man accusing Clerk of Court Armando Ramirez of offering job in exchange for money

Published On: May 03 2013 02:57:34 PM EDT   Updated On: May 03 2013 06:24:56 PM EDT
Armando Ramirez
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. -

Osceola County's Clerk of Court is under investigation after being accused of offering someone a job in exchange for a campaign contribution.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said it's investigating 78-year-old Armando Ramirez after Kissimmee teacher Richard Martin filed a complaint claiming Ramirez offered him a job if he Martin donated to his election campaign.

Ramirez, who has been in office for four months, has denied the allegations, saying that would be illegal.

"Ramirez made no job offers to anyone before the election – he is a seasoned campaigner who knows Florida election law," according to a statement released by Ramirez's office.

In the statement, Ramirez accused Martin of harassing him. He released a restraining order against Martin, filed by Orange County School Board member Kat Gordon, who claims she was also harassed by Martin.

Ramirez said he has never been contacted by the FDLE about the latest allegations.

Ramirez faced controversy in January after he fired several longtime clerks and office employees, then hired a chief deputy and human resources director who had no experience in such jobs--then fired them a month later.

Ramirez is also known for instituting a strict dress code, limiting what employees could wear. On the new policy, many noticed the quote above Ramirez's signature that stated "so let it be written, so let it be done"--a quote from the "Ten Commandments."