Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority searches for new director

Tensions run high at meeting

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority Board is searching for a new executive director after the man the board originally offered the job to turned it down.

The board discussed the hiring process at a meeting Wednesday afternoon, but the discussion got heated as tensions ran high.

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and board member Marco Pena bickered back and forth during the meeting after Jacobs brought up a letter with accusations of sexual harassment.  The letter also alleged toll money being spent at a strip club.

Originally, the board was planning to offer former state representative Steve Precourt a contract to be the new executive director, but he turned down the month-to-month offer last month.

State Attorney Jeff Ashton announced his investigation earlier this year into possible violations of the state's open meeting laws. The allegation that some of the board members, including Pena, may have discussed matters of the board in private. Ashton's investigation is still ongoing.

The Expressway Authority needs to find a new candidate and will have to approve the candidate before they can be hired by the board.

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