Winter Park Town Manager Drew Nelson resigns after domestic violence charge
February 16, 2018
Winter Park Town Manager Drew Nelson resigned from his position Friday amid felony criminal charges, ending his near 10-year career with the town.
Nelson was arrested at his Winter Park residence Jan. 22, after allegedly firing several rounds from a firearm outside his house and making threats against his wife with a weapon. He is facing charges of felony menacing-domestic violence, prohibited use of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
The council expressed gratitude toward Nelson for his service over the last decade, citing positive momentum in the community, according to a statement from the the town. The statement also listed a number of key initiatives Nelson contributed to during his time as town manager including affordable housing programs, the expansion of the public transportation system and the construction of the stage at Hideaway Park, among others.
The search for the next town manager has already begun.
"Winter Park has so much positive momentum," said Mayor Jimmy Lahrman. "I know we'll be able to find the right person to lead us into this next chapter."
Finance Director Bill Wengert has been named interim town manager.
Nelson is set to return to court for his arraignment on March 19.