City leaders of Lake Worth, Florida
have selected a transgender woman to helm the city's government,
reports the Palm Beach Post.
Susan Ashley Stanton, 50, was selected
from a field of four finalists on Tuesday by a five member panel.
Commissioners voted 4 to 1 in favor of Stanton.
Stanton, formerly known as Steve
Stanton, made headlines in February 2007 when she was fired from her
16.5-year tenure as Largo, Florida city manager after her sex change
plans became public.
“I thought she has the right
temperament for our city and, truthfully, I learned a lot from her,”
Lake Worth Vice Mayor Jo-Ann Golden told the paper.
Lake Worth is located in Palm Beach
County and has a population of 37,000, according to 2006 census
figures. The city adopted a transgender protections law last year.