PORT RICHEY, Fla. - Port Richey City Manager Tom O’Neill turned in his resignation Wednesday night at a hearing, but city council ultimately rejected it, and offered him another alternative.
In less than an hour, the debate over what to do with the city manager led to his staying on as Port Richey 's leader.
In a 4-1 vote, city council voted to suspend O’Neil for thirty days instead of letting him quit, provided that he get help for substance abuse.
It was Mayor Eloise Taylor who set the tone, saying the city needed to deal with the charges against O'Neill.
The city manager offered to step down giving council 45 days notice, but four out of five council members indicated his job performance out weighed his crime.
Only Terrance Rowe said he would accept nothing less than O'Neill's resignation. O'Neill agreed to the resolution and withdrew his resignation.
He left the meeting without comment.
He has an arraignment on the DUI charge September 12.
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