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Ex-Largo city manager fired from Lake Worth position

LAKE WORTH, Florida (CBS12) -- After two and a half years into her term, Susan Stanton was fired from her position as city manager of Lake Worth in a 3-to-2 vote by city commissioners. 

City commissioners voted during the beginning of the meeting Tuesday night to fire Stanton from her $150,00 a year position. Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell made the motion to fire Stanton. 

Susan Stanton, formerly Steve Stanton, has been fired before from a city manager job in Largo but under different circumstances. In Largo she was fired after she went public about her sex change plans.

Commissioners who wanted her to go say the public was angry with her. Commissioners who wanted Susan to stay say Tuesday's vote came out of nowhere.

"I don't think the way was appropriate. I don't think it gave the public an opportunity to speak to this. So I don't think the method was appropriate, but I think the bigger concern is that we have a desperate need in this city to make sound, experienced, reasoned decisions and I see that as being difficult going forward," said Christopher Mcvoy, District 2 city commssioner.

Stanton gave WPEC CBS 12 the following statement Tuesday night: "The future for the City of Lake Worth is bright and exciting. It has been a very rewarding opportunity to serve as the City of Lake Worth's City Manager during an extremely difficult financial period.

"I respect the decision of the City Commission to select a city manager who will enable the community to realize its untapped potential as it rebuilds its economy and improves the quality of life for all its residents."

Finance Director Steve Carr was appointed the acting city manager.


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