City Commissioners Get Sworn In, Scott Maddox Excluded

City Commissioners Get Sworn In, Scott Maddox Excluded
Posted at 5:04 PM, Nov 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 17:09:45-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A swearing in ceremony will be happening at Tallahassee City Hall, but City Commissioner Scott Maddox, who was re-elected, won't be joining the others in taking an oath.

Maddox was supposed to participate in the swearing-in ceremony but he said that he will be unable to do so because of the lawsuit filed against him saying he doesn't live within the city limits.

Tallahassee businessman, Erwin Jackson, filed the lawsuit in September saying Commissioner Scott Maddox doesn't live in Tallahassee.

On Friday, in circuit court, Judge Charles Dodson decided that Tuesday is the deadline in which Maddox must be living in Tallahassee, not August 30, which Jackson had argued for.

Now, Maddox is defending himself and wishing the lawsuit was over.

Maddox said, "The bottom line is the truth. Of course I'm a city resident, I've served the city for a long time. I was overwhelmingly re-elected in the last election and I will continue to serve the city." 

As for Monday night's city commission meeting, City Commissioner Curtis Richardson will be sworn in and a mayor pro-tem will be chosen.