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State Attorney Says Feds Will Investigate JEA Privatization

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JEA's downtown headquarters building is pictured behind Jacksonville's City Hall.

Federal officials will take the lead on an investigation into the controversial effort to privatize JEA, continuing a probe State Attorney Melissa Nelson’s office began last year, Nelson’s office said in a statement Monday, according to WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.

Nelson, in a written statement, said she has determined the “appropriate venue to continue this investigation is the federal justice system.”

“Last year, the State Attorney’s Office initiated an investigation into issues related to the privatization of JEA. As with all investigations conducted by this office, we have taken this issue very seriously,” Nelson said.

An expanded version of this developing story is at Jacksonville.com.