Bradenton Beach moves up mayor’s forfeiture

Liken Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon to the Thanksgiving turkey staring at the chopping block.

Shearon’s days at city hall could be numbered. Or not.

During a recent interview with The Islander, Shearon said he is prepared to fight for his position on the dais.

It may be a circuit court judge who signs Shearon’s reprieve, as he looks for due process.

The city commission announced plans last week to move forward with its forfeiture proceedings against Shearon.

A special commission meeting was set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, after press time for The Islander, at Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., where Vice Mayor Jack Clarke’s charges against Shearon will be laid out for the first time and the commissioner will decide on proceeding.

To continue the forfeiture proceedings, the commission must vote by supermajority to accept Clarke’s charges as valid and in violation of the city’s requirements for mayor in the charter.

A supermajority vote requires approval from two-thirds of the voting commission members.

And Shearon is barred from voting. He’s required to recuse himself, which leaves Clarke needing only three out of four voting commissioners to move forward.

If a forfeiture motion is passed, the commission then decides whether to move forward with an evidentiary investigation or go directly to a public hearing.

According to a recently passed resolution to the city charter, the commission can choose at the Dec. 2 meeting to suspend Shearon from office during the subsequent forfeiture proceedings.

Shearon filed a lawsuit Nov. 12 against the city with the 12th Judicial Circuit Court asking that a judge step in to determine if the resolution allowing the commission to suspend him from office is valid. The suit also asks the court to provide an impartial judge for the case, in the event the forfeiture proceedings move forward.

At press time, no date had been set by the court to hear Shearon’s case.

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