DeSantis issues executive order to suspend Destin city councilwoman

Northwest Florida
Destin city councilperson horse kicks investigator while being taken into custody

Destin city councilperson horse kicks investigator while being taken into custody

DESTIN, Fla. (WKRG) — Florida Gov. Ron Desantis issued an executive order Thursday, Nov. 4, to immediately suspend Destin city councilman Prebble Ramswell.

Ramswell was arrested last month after a complaint was filed against her. The complaint alleged she conducted public business on her personal cell phone and did not disclose those communications after a public records request was made to the City of Destin. During her arrest, Ramswell “horse-kicked” an investigator.

On Oct. 22, Ramswell was charged with felony battery of a law enforcement officer and misdemeanor obstruction of service or execution of a search warrant.

Ramswell is prohibited from performing any official act, duty, or function of public office; from receiving any pay or allowance; and from being entitled to any of the emoluments or privileges of public office during the period of this suspension. The suspension will last from Nov. 4 until another executive order is issued, or as otherwise provided by law.

Ramswell posted a statement to Facebook Thursday evening after the executive order was issued:

I have the utmost respect for the law and the protocols associated with ensuring the integrity of our representative government. Governor DeSantis is absolutely doing the right thing by ensuring proper procedures are followed and failsafes are in place,that protect the citizens of Destin. Any allegations have to be investigated to preserve the sanctity of our justice system and the officials the public has elected to represent them. As much as I want to share my side of the story, I must respect, honor and abide by the process and allow the facts to emerge organically during the legal process. As someone who has worked for the federal government and served in local and state government, I have faith in our system and look forward to a speedy trial in which I fully believe justice will prevail and result in my exoneration.

Prebble Ramswell

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