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Lynn Haven Commissioners Discuss Next Step Following City Manager Arrest

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Lynn Haven City Manager Michael White is at the center of an investigation after he was arrested over the weekend. 

A police report said he pointed a gun at his wife during an argument, and he is now facing charges for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

On Sunday, the Lynn Haven Commission held an emergency meeting to discuss the matter.

City leaders decided to suspend White with pay, pending the investigation of the allegations against him.

But Mayor Margo Anderson suggested to the commission that she could be the acting city manager in his absence.

“With everything going on, I thought that it would be a solution for a week or so — or until we could make a decision once the justice system has a chance to play out with the investigation,” Mayor Anderson said.

Commissioner Antonius Barnes was tuning into the meeting via phone, and suggested that the commission should contact the International Association of City Managers instead.

Mayor Anderson said she made the suggestion because she worked closely with the city manager for hurricane recovery.

She then responded to Barnes, and said he was absent from the city during the period after the storm.

“When I was the person who was making the decisions for the city and working closely with the city manager, you were absent sir,” Anderson said. “You did not show your face.”

She then said that Barnes told the city’s deputy clerk that he did not plan to go to anymore commission meetings.

Barnes then hung up the phone.

But despite several commission members disagreeing with the mayor’s suggestion to fill-in as the city manager, she said she could’ve declared an emergency and assumed the city manager position without their permission.

“Obviously I had three members of the commission who for whatever reason were adamantly against that happening, so that’s why I took the route I took,” she said. “But I did have the authority to appoint myself if I had wanted to do that.”

The commission will meet again on Tuesday, at 4 p.m. at Lynn Haven Elementary School.

Michael White has now been booked into the Bay County Jail after spending two nights at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center due to chest pains.

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