The city of Lynn Haven is coming to terms with how to proceed after city manager Michael White was arrested this weekend.
He faces charges for felony aggravated assault with a firearm after allegedly pointing a gun at his wife during an argument this weekend. The Lynn Haven commission met once again Tuesday after a contentious emergency meeting Sunday when they voted to suspend city manager Michael White with pay, pending the results of the investigation.
“After the meeting on Sunday when three of the commissioners voted for the responsibilities not to lie on me I was looking for a solution I thought we could find common ground,” said Mayor Margo Anderson.
In the first few minutes, the commission unanimously approved Mayor Anderson’s recommendation for the city’s deputy clerk, Vickie Gainer to serve as the acting city manager.
“It is a large job but some of the day to day duties I’ve been doing for a while, working with the city manager so I’m excited to still be able to help our residents,” said Gainer.
Commissioner Judy Tinder questioned commissioner Dan Russell and acting Police Chief Ricky Ramie’s involvement in the case. Both are friends of Michael White and were involved the night he was arrested.
“My wife and I are friends with both of them and all we want to do is support them in any way we can but my first duty is always going to be to the city,” said Russell.
Chief Ramie said White is not allowed on city property for the duration of the investigation. Mayor Anderson said the outcome of Tuesday’s meeting proved the city can work together in the toughest of times.
“We are a family and sometimes families have arguments and as you can see today in this meeting we came together, we had a packed house of citizens, we had no dissension,” said Anderson.