St. Lucie County commissioner resigns amid accusations of extra-marital affair
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (CBS12) —
St. Lucie County District 2 Commissioner Tod Mowery announced he was stepping down from his position Monday evening.
Mowery's resignation from office becomes effective Jan. 1, 2018, saying it was for "personal reasons," county officials said.
Mowery sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott, announcing his decision to step down from public office while he worked “through deeply private issues,” according to county officials. Mowery was elected to serve the District 2 County Commission seat in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014.
However, Peter Villasuso, a firefighter with the St. Lucie County Fire District, sent a letter to Scott accusing the commissioner, who serves as a member of the Fire Board, of having an affair with his wife. He claims it "not only shows his callous disregard for the sanctity of marriage, but also shows his breach of fiduciary duty to the firefighters of the fire district."
County officials will work with Scott’s office regarding how to move forward with the vacant seat. The District 2 seat is scheduled to be on the ballot during the 2018 election cycle.
County commissioners are elected county-wide to serve one of five districts, serving four-year terms.
CBS12 contacted Mowery, but he couldn't be reached for comment.