By Justin Prisendorf
An aide to the city attorney has confirmed one of City Hall’s worst kept secrets: She was City Manager David Brown’s mistress for five years.
In a sexual harassment complaint filed with the city this week, Olga Garcia also claims that after she ended the affair last May, the city manager, “…refused to accept my decision to end our relationship” and was desperate that the canoodling continue. Garcia also says she has the unsolicited cards, letters, text and voice messages and emails to prove it.
According to Garcia — who is 39 and single mother of two, Brown — who is 56 and married — went as far as to offer her money to revive their “sexual relationship.” “David even went to the point of offering me about $3000 because he knew of some of my personal financial troubles as an enticement for me to go back into a relationship with him,” writes Garcia.
The attractive buxom blonde says her intimate relationship with the city manager began in November of 2003, shortly before Brown promoted her to the position of assistant to the mayor. Garcia writes, “During the course of our relationship, David made many promises to me some of which involved helping me advance my career with the City, in hindsight, I now know that he was just manipulating me because he knew of my financial issues and that I am the sole provider of my two children.” She adds, “…I always (have) been afraid he (Brown) would fire me if I did not do what he asked.” According to city rules and regulations, sexual harassment is, “when submission to the conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term of an individual’s employment….”
• View Olga's letter to Marjorie Adler (PDF)
Rumors of their relationship have been rampant on internet blogs, especially the Gazette’s “City Hall Confidential,” for years. Garcia explains, “I have suffered a lot of embarrassment as a result of my relationship and protection of David Brown over the past several years and continued to be a constant victim of rumors and ridiculed by fellow employees in City Hall.”
What’s more, Brown’s former mistress alleges that the city manager’s bosses were well aware of the affair. “I know the entire City Commission knew about our relationship and at one time asked David to stop our relationship and now the Mayor has had me transferred out of his office,” writes Garcia.
The City Hall staffer filed her complaint Nov. 4, one day after she attended a predetermination hearing in Human Resources Director Marjorie Adler’s office to answer charges she violated four city rules in connection with a box of documents relating to fire alarm fines that was discovered in an office Garcia used when she was Mayor Donald Slesnick’s assistant. Also in attendance were Coral Gables Finance Director Don Nelson and Garcia’s attorney Eugene Gibbons. At the meeting, Gibbons, who is also president of the Coral Gables Fraternal of Police Lodge 7, formally notified the city that his client intends on filing a lawsuit against Brown and the city.
Garcia insists she is “being set-up” and the charges against her are in retaliation, “…for refusing his (Brown’s) advances.” She adds, “I have been naïve and trusting in David but now I feel David has purposefully taken advantage of me in so many ways including some of my duties and responsibilities as the assistant to Mayor Donald Slesnick.”
The city attorney’s aide received a written reprimand Nov.4 and was cleared to return to work Nov. 5, the same day Brown prematurely ejected from City Hall.