The City Commission in Largo, Florida is begining the process to fire a top official–almost immediately after he announced plans to get a sex-change operation.
The 5-to-2 vote Tuesday started a three-step process to remove City Manager Steve Stanton from the job he’s held for 14 years.
Stanton, 48, confirmed last week that he is a transsexual. With a solid reputation as a forceful and energetic leader, he had hoped to keep his $140,000-a-year job as he underwent the gender reassignment process.
“It’s just painful to know seven days ago I was a good guy and now … I have no integrity,” Stanton told the commission. “My challenge here has always been that someday I was going to leave this organization. So I am going to do it with a smile on my face.”
Stanton can appeal the decision, and will be placed on paid leave while the city begins the legal process to end his contract. So upsetting.