North Florida town commissioner suspended after commercial littering, pollution charges


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TALLAHASSEE, Florida — A north Florida town commissioner has been suspended from office after being charged with commercial littering and reckless pollution.

Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Monday suspending Inglis Town Commissioner Michael Andrew White. Under Florida law, any local elected official facing a felony charge must be suspended from office until the case is resolved.

Court documents show that alleged violations occurred between January 2007 and July 2013.

White told The Associated Press that the criminal charges filed in January were politically motivated and that he did nothing wrong. He said prosecutors had been offering him plea deal that would have reduced the charges to a misdemeanor, allowing him to stay in office. But he said he rejected the deal because he plans to be acquitted at trial.

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