3 elected officials suspended, charged

Published On: Dec 28 2012 07:39:18 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 28 2012 07:39:44 AM EST

Three elected officials in a small city located at the southern end of Lake Okeechobee have been suspended from office after being charged with Sunshine Law violations.

The Palm Beach Post ( http://bit.ly/W4cT6L ) reports that Gov. Rick Scott suspended South Bay Mayor Shirley Walker-Turner, vice mayor Linda Johnson and commissioner John Wilson earlier this month.

Prosecutors say the officials made a behind-the-scenes deal to pay city manager Corey Alston $25,139 for 498 hours in unused vacation pay. Alton has been charged with grand theft and placed on administrative leave.

Also, Longtime city attorney Thomas Montgomery abruptly resigned after commissioners accused him of not providing sufficient legal advice on how to avoid Sunshine Law violations.

Only two commissioners remain in office.


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