Florida City Manager Fired for Sex Change Files for Divorce From Wife

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The former Largo city manager who was fired after her plans to have a sex change became public finalized a divorce from her wife of 18 years.

Court documents show that Susan Stanton, formerly known as Steven, must pay her ex-wife, Donna, $4,756 a month in alimony, plus another $799 in child support for their 15-year-old son.

A judge signed off on the divorce settlement on Aug. 6.

Stanton has not found a new job since being fired by the Largo City Commission in early 2007. The support payments will come from Stanton's retirement fund.

Stanton's ex-wife also will receive 50 percent of any money Stanton receives from movies or books about her life.

Before firing then-Steve Stanton, the Largo City Commission had given him mostly good reviews and a big raise for his management of the city's $130 million budget and 1,200 employees. Stanton earned $140,000 as city manager of Largo, west of Tampa.

But Commissioner Mary Gray Black said Stanton's surprise announcement of plans to have a sex change "caused stress, turmoil, distraction and work disruption" in the city.