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AUDIO: DeBary Mayor Responds To Open Records Controversy

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DeBary City Council votes to sue Mayor Clint Johnson over public records request. Photo: File

The city of DeBary is suing its own mayor. The city wants Clint Johnson to turn over surveys and receipts relating to a state of the city address.

Johnson has fired back, calling claims against him ridiculous and throwing out words like terrorist and extortion.

“Everybody likes this idea of the political outsider,” Johnson said. “They like somebody who will come in and buck the system or shake things up. That process isn’t easy. I’m a shining example of what it would look like to have a Donald Trump president, because this is what it takes to fight something that is so big, so established as a governmental system, so I’m proud of what I’m doing. I consider it a validation.”

The mayor called into Intersection Friday to address the lawsuit, and the allegations he’s not operating under the Sunshine laws. He is live at the 4 minute mark in the audio at the top of the page.


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About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »