Port Richey calls special session to deal with city manager DUI charge

Council could ask city manager to step down

PORT RICHEY, Fla. - The Port Richey city council has announced plans to hold a special session to discuss any potential actions against troubled city manager Tom O'Neill.  He's charged with DUI.

It was an I-Team investigation that led to DUI charges filed against Port Richey's city manager Tom O'Neill.

Five days after the state attorney charged O'Neill with drunk driving, at least one city council member is asking that he step down until the case is resolved.

Terrance Rowe said the city manager lied to him the day after police found Tom O'Neill passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle in New Port Richey in July.

Rowe said O'Neill told him it was a medical issue.

According to the state attorney's filing, O'Neill's blood alcohol registered at .367, four times the legal limit.

A special session has been scheduled for Sept. 4 at Port Richey City Hall at 7 p.m.

One council member says he will call for city manager Tom O'Neill to take administrative leave.

Of course, any motion Rowe makes must garner a second to be put to a vote.  ABC Action News spoke with O'Neill on Tuesday, he said he won't step aside and plans to continue to concentrate on running the city of Port Richey.

Rowe said he would like to see O'Neill resign, but doesn't think that will happen.


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