LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Outgoing Lee County Commissioner Brian Bigelow made his first appearance back to work, since he was linked to a drug arrest last week.
Bigelow was cited for letting an unlicensed driver operate his rental car. That driver was arrested on drug charges.
Today, he wrapped up six controversial years as a Lee County Commissioner. He attended his final meeting this morning.
Bigelow says a sheriff's deputy mischaracterized what happened last Wednesday.
When asked for comment this morning, Bigelow said, "It pains me that I can't really tell you more about my personal stuff, and talk, you know, more candidly about my tenure- I mean- my legacy, but that's just the way it is. It's just the way it is. I have to do...I have to separate the two, county government business from personal business, and I have to, I think, hold true to my principles which is, you know, fight and not wave your own flag. That's just who and what I am."
Bigelow said this morning that he will be sending a letter to the State Attorney General's Office asking for a formal legal opinion on the severance package for former Lee County Manager Karen Hawes. He has objected to that package.
This was also the final meeting for outgoing commissioner Ray Judah, after 24 years on the county board. He did not attend the meeting, however some environmental groups intend to present him with a plaque to thank him for his service.