South Bay City Commissioner Shirley Walker-Turner will be sentenced Dec. 9 after being convicted last week for violating the state’s Sunshine law, a Palm Beach County court judge decided Tuesday.
Gov. Rick Scott has not yet decided whether he will remove the longtime commissioner from office — again — a spokesman said. Scott will wait until the legal proceedings are complete, said spokesman John Tupps.
Scott removed Walker-Turner from office in December after she and two other commissioners were accused of violating the state’s open meetings laws by privately agreeing to approve a $25,139 payment to former City Manager Corey Alston for unused vacation time. Scott reinstated her in May after she won election to an open commission seat.
Her attorney Jeffrey Weiner said he hoped to persuade County Court Judge August Bonavita to withhold adjudication of guilt even though a jury convicted her last week. Assistant State Attorney Marci Rex was non-committal when asked if she would support such a request.
Walker-Turner, 65, faces a maximum 60-day sentence and $500 fine although neither of her onetime fellow commissioners — Linda Johnson and John Wilson — were sentenced to jail time after their convictions earlier this year.
Weiner said he also plans to appeal the jury’s decision.