Steve Stanton walks out of the commission chambers, while commissioner Mary Black, not pictured, discusses the wording on the amendment to fire him. (St. Petersburg Times photo: Jim Damaske)
Largo City Manager Steve Stanton faces termination from his $140,000-a-year job after revealing plans to have a sex-change operation.
LARGO - (AP) -- The City Council planned to consider a resolution Tuesday to fire the city's top official less than a week after he announced plans to pursue a sex-change operation.
Largo City Manager Steve Stanton, 48, who built a solid reputation as a forceful and energetic leader in 14 years on the job, confirmed rumors last week that he is a transsexual.
He planned to keep his $140,000-a-year job as he undergoes the gender reassignment process.
But on Monday, City Councilwoman Mary Gray Black proposed that Stanton be put on paid leave while the city begins the process of firing him.
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