Mayor of 'Most Corrupt' Town Quits —From Jail
Hampton, Fla., needs leader who doesn't deal Oxy
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2014 12:21 AM CDT
Moore is still in Bradford County Jail on a $45,000 bond.   (Bradford County Sheriff's Department)

(Newser) – Hampton, Fla., needs a new mayor—unless the state decides to dissolve its "most corrupt town." Barry Layne Moore, mayor of the town of 477 residents, has handed in a one-sentence resignation letter from jail, where he is awaiting trial on charges of selling a single oxycodone pill to an undercover informant, reports CNN. "He didn't want to embarrass the city anymore, and if he did, he apologizes," city council member Bill Goodge tells the Gainesville Sun.

Gov. Rick Scott suspended Moore after he was arrested in November, barely a month after taking office in a town known mainly for one of the nation's most notorious speed traps; Acting Mayor Myrtice McCullough has been at the helm since. Goodge explains that Moore's move clears the way for a proper election of a new mayor. The police chief, city clerk, maintenance operator, and one of the five city council members have already quit following a state audit that revealed staggering levels of mismanagement and corruption, though Goodge said he believes the town can still go forward. It has a few weeks to prove to the state it can do just that; otherwise, the legislature will very likely dissolve it. Click for more about the town's many woes, which include an odd bag of cash.

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Jhon_P
Mar 12, 2014 5:11 PM CDT
The governor of the state became governor after all he did, SO WHY NOT?
fractal
Mar 12, 2014 2:33 PM CDT
Like trolls on a bridge. What do you want to bet they not only popped people for speeding, but that they liberally used forfeiture laws to stock that bag of cash...
Lou Bernardo
Mar 12, 2014 9:21 AM CDT
Too bad it's not as easy to root out and arrest the crooked politicians in large cities like Chicago, Washington, DC, city government, NYC, etc. as it is a tiny town of only a few hundred. Better yet, lock up the corrupt gang in Congress and the Oval Office who are no better than this small town crook.