At the Oct. 10 meeting of the Midway City Council, Mayor Pro Tem David Knight (District 6, at-large) was officially sworn in as the mayor of Midway, replacing embattled Jerrod Holton, who recently resigned.
“I’d like to thank the citizens of Midway for putting your trust in me,” Knight said. “I’d like for you to know that I am listening and the council is listening to your thoughts and concerns. I’m committed to doing the right thing.”
Preceding David Knight, Delores Madison (District 3) was sworn in as mayor pro-tem. She said, “I want to make sure that I listen more and talk less to my fellow council members, so that we can all be on one accord. We need to work together so we can move this city forward.”
In addition to the newly sworn-in mayor and mayor pro-tem, the vacant District 5 seat on the council was filled on Thursday evening by Pamela Mann.
“I enjoy being a part of the community, but I do see there is a lot of change that needs to come,” said Mann, a telecommunications specialist with the Department of Management Services and 28-year Midway resident. “I know the people, I talk with them, and I’ve seen and heard enough to know it’s going to take leadership to make change.”
In other business, the council approved a $65,000 contract for City Attorney Henry Hunter. Councilman Charles Willis initially objected to the proposal, saying that the city is in “a financial crunch.”
Interim City Manager Dorothy Inman-Johnson said, “With all of what we’re dealing with right now, we can’t afford not to have an attorney who’s very familiar with these cases continuing.”
Shortly thereafter, the council approved Hunter’s contract.
Later in the evening, the council voted to terminate the contract of former Midway Chief of Police Terron Lindsey, after his conviction for charges of petit theft and official misconduct.
Interim Chief of Police Jerome Turner addressed the council regarding the status of the Midway Police Department.
“In light of the financial situation, the police department has been forced to make some cuts,” said Turner. “But the police department is still out there 24/7.”
POLICE CHIEF CONVICTED
A Gadsden County jury convicted former Midway Police Chief Terron Lindsey of misconduct and theft. Assistant State Attorney Richard Combs said that during the one-day trial Oct. 1 with Judge Jonathan Sjostrom presiding, Lindsay was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years probation. In addition he was sentenced to standard court costs and fines. During probation, Combs said Lindsey, 53, will not be allowed to be a law enforcement officer. After his probation ends, Combs said it would be up to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to review Lindsey’s certification and decide whether or not he would be eligible to become a law enforcement officer again.