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Lake Worth hires transgender city manager

By John Bachman bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX) - At her last job she was hired as a man and fired when he was about to get a sex change. Lake Worth is looking past the transgender controversy and hiring Susan Stanton as its city manager.

Lake Worth Florida is a city known for being progressive and tolerant. So when you ask the locals about their new city manager, Susan Stanton, who used to be a man named Steve Stanton, you get reactions like these.

"How about just let everybody live, let's keep going and let her do the job and worry about not looking under everybody's bed," said Lake Worth resident Steve Saulsberg

"Why not it's a person just like anyone else just with a different aspect on life," said Lake Worth resident Jessica Vitale

And by all accounts Stanton was a well liked and successful city manager in the city of Largo, near Tampa. She worked there for 16 years. But not long after Stanton Went public with her decision to have a sex change operation she was fired. Largo city officials said it was because of poor judgement, not because of the sex change.

Since then she has fought for equal rights,  and people here in Lake Worth consider this a victory for equal rights for all. Lake Worth mayor Jeff Clemons says the commission's 4-1 vote in favor of hiring Stanton boiled down to just one reason.

"We said all along that we'd pick the best candidate regardless and that's what it's all about, we wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't," said Lake Worth Mayor Jeff Clemons.

Stanton must first come to terms with the City on her new contract. She's expected to start two weeks after that.

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