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Port Richey city manager suspended in wake of DUI charge

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PORT RICHEY (FOX 13) -

The city council in Port Richey held a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss the future of city manager Tom O'Neill.

He was pulled over on July 13th, apparently drunk behind the wheel. He was taken to the hospital at the time, but was later charged in August with DUI after an investigation by the State Attorney's Office.

Council members ultimately decided to suspend O'Neill for 30 days without pay beginning on November 4th. They wanted to keep him around until then to help deal with budget issues.

He's also required to undergo substance abuse counseling.

"The range of options for this city and other cities ranges from do nothing to terminate. It depends on facts and circumstances. This is how this council wanted to proceed," said Mayor Eloise Taylor.

"I'm agreeable to the rest of it. I suggested November 4th, because its in the best interest of the city, I'm agreeable to 30 days," O'Neill said.

O'Neill refused comment after the meeting, but did tell council members he planned to start counseling next week.

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