Former town sports activities and amusement main insulted staff, falsified time, investigation finds

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Ryan Ali, the previous head of Jacksonville’s Sports activities and Leisure division, repeatedly criticized his employees’ appearances, utilized metropolis-owned equipment for private use and made a hostile do the job atmosphere by way of intimidation, in accordance to a report released Monday by the Office environment of Inspector Basic (OIG).

Ali, who held that place in special situations for a lot more than a yr, was positioned on compensated administrative depart in 2020 following additional than 10 complaints were submitted towards him starting up in 2019. He resigned in December of 2020 and, according to his LinkedIn web site, went on to function as the Director of Neighborhood Relations and Philanthropy at Ackerman Most cancers Center.

The OIG investigated 4 important allegations from Ali and substantiated all four, such as a violation of the city’s procurement code, falsification of time and attendance data and misuse of COJ sources.


Previous workers advised investigators Ali generally yelled at team, slammed doors and targeted workforce who were considerably less most likely to struggle back again. He also frequently commented on the staff’s bodily appearances and manufactured derogatory remarks, in accordance to the investigation.

Staff members presented the pursuing examples to investigators:

  • Ali instructed a DSE staff she required to get her hair done.

  • Ali informed a DSE personnel their hair seemed like they could audition for the Lion King movie.

  • Just one personnel offered their outfits on the world-wide-web since Ali commented they seemed like his grandmother’s curtains.

  • Ali offered to convey an worker a wig so their hair would not glimpse terrible.

On numerous situations, team reported it witnessed Ali yell and direct profanity at a single staff, triggering them to cry.

The investigation also located that Ali was in New Orleans when he claimed to be at UNF for a conference and that Ali had used some town-owned lights for a birthday bash.

In accordance to a evaluation of DSE personnel information, above a span of a lot more than 14 months throughout the time Ali oversaw the division, 17 staff members departed, 13 personnel resigned, two staff members transferred to unique COJ departments, just one DSE personnel was terminated (due to the fact he walked off the work) and just one worker retired.


Mayor Lenny Curry issued a assertion Monday evening to News4JAX:

Information4JAX contacted Ali by textual content concept and he referred us to his legal professional. His lawyer claimed his statement is integrated in the report, which phone calls into query the validity of the “mishandled” investigation.

Attorney James Poindexter went on to imply the grievances “were component of a campaign to have my shopper eliminated from his place.”

“That work seems to have been brought on by staff resistance to my consumers endeavours to enhance the efficiencies of the section,” he ongoing. “Unfortunately, Mr. Ali achieved terrific resistance he tried to obstacle the position quo, and it appears that some on his staff labored jointly to ensure that my consumer would no lengthier be in a placement to apply these improvements.”

He mentioned quite a few of the predicaments in depth in the report ended up “taken out of context.”

Read through the complete report below, and Poindexter’s full reaction to the allegations setting up on page 66.


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