Port Richey seeks interim city council member following arrest of former mayor

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It’s a big day for Port Richey politics. The town needs to fill another leadership role. The vacancy comes after the arrests of the former mayor and the acting mayor. 

The city council is asking Port Richey residents who are interested in becoming an interim city council member to attend a city council meeting tonight.

Back in February, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office was trying to serve a warrant at former mayor Dale Massad’s house for practicing medicine without a license. Authorities say he fired shots at the deputies. He was arrested and charged,with attempted homicide.

Shortly after Massad’s arrest, Terry Rowe stepped in as acting mayor. Rowe faces obstruction charges and is accused of trying to interfere with Massad’s case.

Massad’s attorneys filed a motion yesterday asking for the judge in the case to be removed. 

Now, the Port Richey City Council is asking for residents interested in becoming an interim city council member to attend tonight’s meeting. This person will temporarily fill Massad’s seat.

If you’re interested, you must be a registered voter in Pasco County and live in the city of Port Richey for at least twelve months. You also can’t have any felony charges.

Those interested will have three minutes to speak to the council about their possible appointment. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.  A special election will be held in June to fill the permanent role.

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