Meet Joe Mahoney: Edgewater's interim police chief whose mission is to protect & serve his meal ticket on his way to the top

Edgewater Interim Police Chief Joe Mahoney with Councilman Megan O'Keefe and her boyfriend cop Andrew Spurlock / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / Edgewater PD's Joe Mahoney, the interim police chief, is shown with Edgewater Councilwoman Megan O'Keefe, and her boyfriend and his prized cop, Andrew Spurlock.
 
Henry Frederick / Headline SurferBy HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer
Column: People, Places & Things

EDGEWATER, Fla -- Meet Joe Mahoney: He's the interim police chief with the Edgewater Police Department. Yeah, he was badmouthing me Friday to several citizens who met with him and were asking him about Councilwoman Megan O'Keefe, and her "boyfriend" Andrew Spurlock; and problems for the police department associated with them.

"Oh, no," Mahoney says. "That Henry Frederick, he's just making things up. Spurlock is a fine officer."

And so it went as one of my spies informed me tonight. I didn't see Mahoney myself, though, even as I drove 96 miles round trip from Sanford to do an "addendum" to the sworn complaint of "harassment" alleged by Councilwoman O'Keefe for merely doing my job and reaching out to her for comment on Spurlock's brief, but less than stellar career in law enforcement (quitting Ormond Beach PD well before his first year of probation was up.

Just as Spurlock was about to be fired for destroying evidence in a criminal investigation and then lying about it, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Oh and in the two years he's been with Edgewater PD, Spurlock must have learned to be a good cop because he's only had half a dozen reprimands, and this little thing - no biggie, where he has allegedly preyed on women while on duty, getting intel on them, the showing up at their residence off duty without notice and befriending them long enough to get them to go to bed with him.

And despite at least 5 internal affairs investigations supposedly ongoing, Spurlock remains on regular patrol. Liability to the city? Nah! Spurlock's a good cop, Mahoney insists, adding "Henry Frederick is a troublemaker."

Seems Mahoney didn't feel the need to walk out of his office and say hello to Henry Frederick, who was at the Edgewater cop shop writing up a thorough response (8 pages worth) in countering Councilwoman O'Keefe's victimized version of being harassed about what she says is her "private life" with her "boyfriend." Really, Mrs. O'Keefe?

No mention by you or the cops who your boyfriend is in the harassment complaint - no mention that he's a cop

Edgewater: Special Report / Headline SurferYou're a married woman who got arrested in September on a domestic violence charge in an incident with your husband, Jason O'Keefe, who works for the City of Edgewater as asst. director of parks and rec. Oh, by the way, the O'Keefe's have 4 kids. She filed for divorce but hasn't signed the papers and they've been getting together, according to her husband..

Her privacy is being invaded by the troublemaker reporter, right? But then again, the police keep getting involved in Councilwoman O'Keefe's "private life."

Take last Saturday, for example. Her husband tells Spurlock to stay away as they are trying to work things out.

So what does Spurlock do? He races back to the cop shop and convinces his co-workers they need to rescue his girlfriend from a brewing domestic between the O'Keefes.

So in a city of 22,00-plus residents, at least four cops were tied up and off patrol chasing down a bogus claim. 

"No," councilwoman O'Keefe asserts. "If there was, I would have called you myself." Same story when the cops go to see Mr. O'Keefe.

If you or I pulled a backstabbing stunt like Spurlock, we would have been charged with filing a false report, handcuffed and transported to the branch jail.

Take last Saturday, for example. Her husband tells Spurlock to stay away as they are trying to work things out. So what does Spurlock do? He races back to the cop shop and convinces his co-workers they need to rescue his girlfriend from a brewing domestic between the O'Keefes.

So in a city of 22,00-plus residents, at least four cops were tied up chasing down a bogus claim. "No," councilwoman O'Keefe asserts. "If there was, I would have called you myself." Same story when the cops go to see Mr. O'Keefe.

If you or I pulled a backstabbing stunt like Spurlock, we would have been charged with filing a false report, handcuffed and transported to the branch jail.

And let Mahoney keep telling citizens how wonderful his cop Spurlock is and how Henry Frederick is a troublemaker who makes things up.

Hey, Mahoney! Yeah, you! I've got the body cams from Saturday night. Got Councilwoman O'Keefe. Got Jason O'Keefe. And I have Jason O'kleefe cursing out your prized cop, Spurlock, on his cam.

But guess what I don't have, Mahoney? Yeah, you've got it: There's no bodycam footage of Spurlock telling his sergeant about a domestic or what he had to say for himself after the fact.

Here's the abuse of authority: Spurlock describes Councilwoman O'Keefe as his "girlfriend" like she's his property or something n the incident report, nevermind that she is married to Jason O'Keefe and they have four kids.

Spurlock doesn't like the fact that Jason O'Keefe is claiming marital rights so he sicks his cop buddies on him. Councilwoman O'Keefe doesn't like the reporter asking questions, so she, too, runs yo the cops and files a complaint that has no merit. None, period.

And who is the protector with the cops caught in the middle? It's interim Chief Mahoney.

After all, he was complicit in railroading his predecessor, Dave Arcieri, just two weeks after Councilwoman O'Keefe and her Rogue 3 colleagues on the dais, Gary Conroy and Amy Vogt, fired longtime City Manager Tracey Barlow.

And Mahoney is counting on the Rogue 3 seeing to it that he becomes the next police chief. So hew knows his role

And this is why Edgewater has become a corrupt soap opera setting with one group of citizens, who have dubbed themselves "City on Edge" pushing for a recall of the Rogue 3.

Seems I recall as a kid, a soap opera called the "Edge of Night."

Hopefully, as I start putting my stories together for the weekend, and putting these yahoos in the Sunshine, the soap opera could be renamed after another soap opera of a bygone era, the "Guiding Light."

As for Mahoney badmouthing this reporter, branding him a troublemaker and making stuff up? Let him run his mouth. He can answer to the citizens Monday night as they demand answers before Councilwoman O'Keefe is sworn in for the next four years throwing her weight around. And to think: Not a single resident voted for her. She just happened to qualify for the seat without opposition.

Certainly, the citizens have more than had their fill of Councilwoman O'Keefe flaunting her poses with Spurlock incessantly in social media pics.

Doesn't Edgewater deserve better than the politics of perversion? Mayor Mike Ignasiak thinks they do. And so do many others who are just plain fed up with the embarrassment and the shame exhibited by the empowered few.

Did You Know?

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The Edge of Night is an American television mystery series/soap opera produced by Procter & Gamble. It debuted on CBS on April 2, 1956, and ran as a live broadcast on that network for most of its run until November 28, 1975; the series then moved to ABC, where it aired from December 1, 1975, until December 28, 1984. 7,420 episodes were produced, of which some 1,800 are available for syndication.
Guiding Light (known as The Guiding Light before 1975) is an American television soap opera. It is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running drama in television in American history, broadcast on CBS for 57 years from June 30, 1952, until September 18, 2009, overlapping a 19-year broadcast on radio from 1937 to 1956.
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.