TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FOX 13) - In an executive order posted on the state of Florida's website Tuesday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced he has suspended the vice mayor of the town of Port Richey.
Now-former vice mayor Terrence Rowe was arrested last week on felony charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice.
The month before, now-former mayor Dale Massad was arrested during the execution of a search warrant at his home related to an alleged illegal medical practice. Massad was arrested during the search after he allegedly fired shots at SWAT officers.
In the aftermath, the governor suspended Massad and Rowe took over as mayor.
The governor's executive order reads, in part, "It is in the best interests of the residents of the City of Port Richey, and the citizens of the State of Florida, that Terrence Hagen Rowe be immediately suspended from the public office, which he now holds, upon the grounds set forth in this executive order."
The governor's executive order reveals new details about the alleged conspiracy between Massad and Rowe to retaliate against an officer involved in the original investigation into Massad.
On a recorded jail phone line, Massad apparently told Rowe to look into a specific officer's history with the police department.
In the days after, investigators say Rowe requested the officer's personnel file from the city manager and spoke to the chief of police about that officer in an attempt to "intimidate, harass or retaliate against" the officer.
Read the full report here: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2019/EO_19-81.pdf