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Lynn Haven City Manager Michael White Resigns After Arrest

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The city of Lynn Haven is on the search for a new city manager. 

In a unanimous vote, the Lynn Haven commission accepted the resignation and separation agreement of city manager Michael White. White was arrested on March 17 and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after authorities said he pointed a gun at his wife’s face during an argument. 

He’s been on paid leave since, per his employment contract. Deputy city clerk Vickie Gainer has stepped in as acting city manager. As of Tuesday night, the city refused to provide us with the entire separation agreement, saying they didn’t have enough time after the meeting to post it online for the public to see. 

We did see one page which revealed the city will pay White more than $45,000.

“There are some items Mr. White will be paid that were accrued during his time employed with the city that he was owed,” said Lynn Haven City Attorney Adam Albritton. 

According to the agreement, White will be paid $5,691.20 in accrued salary, $21,342 in accrued personal time off, $5,122.08 in full accrued sick leave and $14,000.46 in repair costs for his personal ATV which was damaged while being used for official city business following Hurricane Michael. The agreement also bans White from working for the city again. 

Mayor Margo Anderson said they’re ready to move on and begin the search for a new city manager. 

“I’m happy Mr. White chose to write a letter of resignation. I hope it allows the city to move forward and we can go ahead and put out an RFP for a new city manager and we can put this behind us and we wish him well with whatever direction he moves,” said Mayor Margo Anderson. 

We will update this article as soon as the full terms of White’s resignation are released. 

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