City Manager Corey Alston resigned Thursday, six weeks after he was charged with grand theft and placed on administrative leave.
Alston is accused of orchestrating a back-room deal that left him with $25,139 in compensation for 498 hours in unused sick time — a payment that prosecutors said was more than twice what he would have received had he left the city. He pleaded not guilty.
Three city officials — Mayor Shirley Mae Walker-Turner, Vice Mayor Linda Johnson and Commissioner John Wilson — were charged with violating Florida’s Sunshine Law for allegedly agreeing to the payment outside of a public meeting, a misdemeanor.
Alston on Friday declined comment on his resignation. In a letter addressed to the city’s residents and officials, Alston said he has accepted a “new employment opportunity.”
Alston is co-founder of two charter schools in Broward County.
In his letter, Alston listed 22 of his accomplishments as city manager, including several changes that he said have “cleaned up many years of financial and operational turmoil.”
“All in all, it has been a pleasure working with and for the City of South Bay,” Alston wrote. “I will miss the residents, the business owners and many of the employees.”
In a postscript Alston briefly addressed the criminal charges filed against him.
“P.S. I have intentionally not mentioned the pending legal matters,” Alston wrote. “The truth about the past, present and future will be revealed in due time. My name will be fully cleared.”
By Friday afternoon Alston’s name had been removed from the city’s website.
Arthur Anderson, former Palm Beach County supervisor of elections, was picked in December to serve as the acting city manager while Alston was on leave. Before being assigned the post, Anderson had served as the city’s community development director.
Anderson did not return a call for comment Friday.
Staff writer Pat Beall contributed to this report.