Two Levy County Commissioners Suspended by Governor
By Lou Elliott Jones
Levy County Commission Chairman Sammy Yearty and Commissioner Tony Parker, who both won re-election to their posts this year, are suspended from office by Gov. Charlie Crist.
County Attorney Anne Bast Brown’s office was notified today that the two were suspended from office after federal indictments were unsealed in Gainesville charging the two with corruption…
Brown’s office has not been informed whether the governor will appoint replacements to serve on the board during the suspensions, but with three commissioners still on the board they will have a quorum to meet and conduct county business.
County Coordinator Freddie Moody said he was contacted by Brown about the suspensions this evening.
“I knew nothing at all about it (the indictment),” he said. “I did not have an inkling.”
He said he had talked to Yearty this morning and the commissioner said nothing to him about being under investigation.
“I am as shocked as I can be,” Moody said.
Parker, just won re-election in a tight race on Tuesday against Republican challenger Abraham Blitch. Yearty won re-election handily in the August 26 primary.