Orlando prosecutor Jeff Ashton wants delay in toll agency change

Former Rep. Steve Precourt recently named executive director

Published On: Jan 17 2014 02:20:05 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 17 2014 06:26:14 PM EST
Jeff Ashton
ORLANDO, Fla. -

Orlando's top prosecutor is asking the local expressway authority to delay putting a former state legislator in charge of the agency while his office investigates possible open-meeting violations.

[READ:  Ashton's letter to Expressway Authority | Agency's response]

State Attorney Jeff Ashton on Friday asked for a delay in former Rep. Steve Precourt's assumption of the executive director job at the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority.

Ashton says his investigation is in its infancy.  But he says he detected a lack of candor and lapses in memory during interviews of witnesses.

He says he has heard enough to recommend a delay in Precourt taking over the agency.

A spokeswoman for Precourt didn't return a phone call.

Ashton's office is investigating whether members of the board discussed the job status of the previous executive director out of a public setting.