Largo City Manager Steve Stanton’s decision to become a woman may have effectively ended his career. Less than a week after the 48-year old announced his plans to undergo sex change surgery, his political peers voted to fire him after 14 years of service.
Speaking to a packed city hall, Commissioner Gay Gentry commented:
His brain is the same today as it was last week. He may be even able to be a better city manager. But I sense that he’s lost his standing as a leader among the employees of the city.
Gentry and four others voted to oust Stanton, while Largo Mayor Pat Gerard and Commissioner Rodney Woods lent him their support.
Of the decision, Stanton said:
It’s just real painful to know that seven days ago I was a good guy and now I have no integrity, I have no trust and most painful, I have no followers.
Well, Stanton, at least you won’t have to worry about people borrowing your lovely new frock. And, of course, you’ll have plenty of time to write a book – isn’t that what people do in times like these?