Supporters rally behind resigned Zephyrhills High principal to remain mayor
ZEPHYRHILLS — In the first City Council meeting since Mayor Steve Van Gorden became embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal, residents lined up to show their support of keeping Van Gorden in office.
Van Gorden resigned earlier this month as principal at Zephyrhills High School, where employees said he made unwanted sexual advances and comments toward them, creating an uncomfortable and threatening workplace. He has acknowledged he did not behave appropriately, but said he hopes to continue serving as mayor.
Supporters like Trevor Gray, who met Van Gorden through volunteer work with military organizations, said he should get another chance.
The City Council is reviewing its options, which include censure and impeachment. It expects to take action at its Nov. 27 meeting.