Former Miami Lakes Mayor Shows Up at City Hall to Get Job Back

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    Former Miami Lakes mayor Michael Pizzi showed up at City Hall Monday to get his job back as current mayor Wayne Slayton said he plans on finishing his term. NBC 6's Laura Rodriguez reports. (Published Monday, Aug 18, 2014)

    Former Miami Lakes mayor Michael Pizzi showed up at City Hall Monday to get his job back as current mayor Wayne Slayton said he plans on finishing his term.

    "I'm going to go in there and very politely and respectfully ask that they follow the Constitution and allow me to return to office," Pizzi said.

    Pizzi was allowed to enter city hall and met with the city manager behind closed doors but didn't get the result he'd like. He said his next step will likely be legal action.

    Shortly before Pizzi arrived, Slayton held a news conference to announce that there were no open positions to fill.

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    "I was elected in a special election to fill out my term until 2016," Slayton said.

    The drama began last week when Pizzi was acquitted of public corruption charges in federal court. He had been suspended by Gov. Rick Scott after he had been charged.

    Scott's office released a statement saying Pizzi would not be reinstated.

    Pizzi said he had squarely beaten Slayton when they ran against each other in a previous election.

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    "In every precinct he never got more than 30 percent of the vote, so he has no basis to be serving in that office," Pizzi said.

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