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Fort Myers Beach Fire commission chair suspended by governor

By Staff | Mar 13, 2009

Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District Commission chair John J. Scanlon has been suspended from office by Gov. Charlie Crist.

The suspension, which was issued this afternoon at 2:41 p.m., is effective immediately and will remain in effect until Crist issues an executive order re-instating him, Executive Order 09-47, issued Friday, states.

Scanlon is prohibited from performing any official act, duty, or function of his office, and from receiving pay until the order is recinded.

The suspension comes as a result of charges filed by the State Attorney’s Office on Jan. 26, the order states. Those charges are possession of cocaine, a felony, and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Scanlon was arrested Dec. 31. He has pleaded not guilty.

Source: Office of the Governor