Public defender Matt Shirk had a shower built in his office, and he allegedly asked a female employee to join him in it.
Also, Shirk built the in-office shower without the proper permits, according to Jacksonville plumbing officials.
Shockingly, Shirk has been embroiled in other incidents inappropriate for a public defender that he has admitted.
Apparently, Shirk has acknowledged alcohol consumption in his office. He also says he has sent inappropriate text messages to employees. He also failed to follow up on the supposed deletion of records tied to his wife's possessing an access badge.
He also got $450,000 from the city for interior renovation purposes, which included carpentry, electrical work, door and frame work, and drywall work.
He also requested a shower in his office.
Because he runs a lot, you see.
Shirk, who said he runs frequently, told The Times-Union he requested the shower because he had one in his previous Public Defender office space on Market Street. He said he was asked how he wanted his office configured because a wall was moved in or near his office.
"I said 'Well, it would be nice if I had a bathroom with a shower like my old office,'" Shirk said. "And it ended up being in the plans."
He also claims he tried to get a public shower built so other employees could use it. But, obviously, that plan didn't materialize.
As douchey as it is to have a shower in your own office, that's really not so much a problem. The main problem came when a subcontractor did work that required a permit, the city said.
So, state attorney Angela Corey asked Gov. Rick Scott to look into it. And he has, assigning state attorney Bill Cervone as the special prosecutor to look into the whole Office Shower-gate.
As for the female employee he asked to join him in the shower, a former investigator for the public defender told the Times-Union that Shirk sent the woman a text message asking her to join him in the shower.
Shirk denies this to be the case.
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