In 2018, Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie was removed from office via then Florida Governor Rick Scott, and she was charged with felony perjury and official misconduct when it was discovered she was voting on city business issues she had a potential financial gain and without disclosing those financial ties. On April 1, 2021, Haynie apologies for her misconduct and accepted a plea agreement of one year probation, a $1,000 fine, and after her probation period will be able to run again in the future for public office, though she has stated she has no plans to do so.
In a statement, Haynie said, “I want to convey my sincere apology to all the citizens of Boca Raton for my actions and any negative light that my case cast upon our city. Throughout my personal and professional career, I have prided myself on taking responsibility for my conduct and performance. The citizens of Boca Raton should accept nothing less than the highest level of ethics from their elected officials. I failed to live up to that standard and today, accepted responsibility by entering my guilty plea.”
Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County Chairperson, Karl Dickey, said today, “It is sad this happened and I am not sure why she chose not to disclose her financial ties to perhaps the largest commercial property owner in the city, but I am glad she can move on with her life as overall she and her husband are good people. I originally thought it was a minor amount, but when I learned it was over $300,000, then that could not be ignored and she would have to deal with the consequences.” Even though Haynie was not a Libertarian, Dickey contributed to Haynie’s mayoral campaign.