DeBary's mayor will find out by the end of the day whether he's out of a job.
- DeBary City Council meets Wednesday to decide whether to remove mayor
- Mayor Clint Johnson is accused of violating city's charter
- Meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Florence K. Little Hall
City Manager Dan Parrott has compiled a list of emails and social media posts made by Mayor Clint Johnson that he says shows Johnson violated the city's charter.
According to city documents, Johnson gave orders to city employees through text messages and tweets and even dictated the removal of a city employee.
The city manager said that's his job, and the mayor should have made those request through him, not social media.
“I don’t quit, and I’ve never given up on anything in my entire life, and I’m not about to start now,” Johnson said.
“If you’re going to attack an elected leader from reaching out to his constituents by using social media, you’re basically offending the first amendment like no one has ever done before,” Johnson said. “What are you saying, that you can’t let an elected official talk to his constituents? I don’t think so.”
If council members determine the mayor violated the city charter, they can kick him out of office.
The public hearing comes just a week after Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents confiscated more than 30,000 emails regarding a land acquisition deal between council members and the city manager to determine whether any Sunshine laws were broken.
"I think it's much to do about nothing," DeBary resident Leon Thomas said. "I'm happy with what he's doing in DeBary."
"He's erratic, he's disrespectful, he's got the problem with the emails," Jim Jenkins said.
If Johnson is removed from office, he says he will run for re-election to fill his seat.
The city council meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Florence K. Little Town Hall.