By CRA News Service
BOYNTON BEACH – (DEC 6) The embattled city commissioner who sent naked pictures of herself to her married first cousin and is under investigation for allegedly lying about her residency has resigned, the Delray Beach Tribune has learned.
“The time has come for me to move on,” Commissioner Marlene Ross wrote in her letter to the City Clerk. “My new opportunities and my mother’s medical needs are my priorities. Now that my beau and I are expecting a blessing in the new year[siq], this leaves me without time for anything else. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as a commissioner for five years.”
Ross has been under fire since she told Palm Beach County State Attorney’s investigators that she feared a former commissioner was blackmailing her because he knew of naked pictures she had sent to a cousin, with whom she was having a romantic fling.
Authorities are looking into whether Ross knowingly lied about her residency several times.
According to documents obtained by the Tribune, Ross sold a home in October 2011 and bought a new home about one month later. She stayed at her father’s home in Lantana as she remodeled her new home. The city’s charter says any commissioner who moves out of the city would “automatically forfeit his/her office.”
Neighbors at her Lantana’s address told Delray Beach Tribune reporters and investigators that Ross had been living at the home for about two years.
Ross however changed her address on file to a Boynton Beach, records show. However, that address was the office address to the real estate agent who sold her the house, the records show.
In November, she provided city officials with a copy of her new Driver’s License with a Miami address.
Ross was hired at WLRN radio, which required her to have a Miami address as a condition of her employment. She however continued to serve as a Boynton Beach City Commissioner.
The commission has two meetings to appoint a commissioner, according to the city charter. If a commissioner is not selected within two meetings, a special election must be called. There is no time limit as to when the special election has to occur. This is evidenced by District 1’s current vacancy as a result of the July resignation of former District 1 commissioner Bill Orlove. Regular elections will be held in March.