Shirley Walker-Turner: South Bay commissioner suspended again following conviction

SOUTH BAY, Fla. (AP) -- A commissioner in a small city located at the southern end of Lake Okeechobee has been suspended from office again after being convicted of a Sunshine Law violation.

Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Tuesday suspending South Bay City Commissioner Shirley Walker-Turner. She was first suspended last December - along with fellow commissioners Linda Johnson and John Wilson - after the trio was charged. Walker-Turner was reinstated after being re-elected in May, but her conviction last month prompted the second suspension.

Prosecutors say the elected officials made a behind-the-scenes deal to pay former city manager Corey Alston $25,139 for 498 hours in unused vacation pay. Alton is awaiting trial on grand theft charges.

Walker-Turner was fined $250 after her trial. Johnson was also convicted at trial, and Wilson took a plea.

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