Winter Park Town Manager Drew Nelson resigns after domestic violence charge | SkyHiNews.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Winter Park Town Manager Drew Nelson resigns after domestic violence charge

Former Winter Park Town Manager Drew Nelson.

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.


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

The Sky-Hi News strives to deliver powerful stories that spark emotion and focus on the place we live.

Over the past year, contributions from readers like you helped to fund some of our most important reporting, including coverage of the East Troublesome Fire.

If you value local journalism, consider making a contribution to our newsroom in support of the work we do.

 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User