A Florida mayor was arrested on Wednesday over a consulting job that was allegedly conducted in secret.
The job paid Steve Bateman, mayor of the city of Homestead, $125 an hour, reports the Miami Herald.
Bateman never publicly disclosed the job to his colleagues on the City Council, or the county.
Bateman, 58, planned to run for reelection in November.
Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess appears to become the new mayor.
“There were innuendos that things like this were going on and then of course as they came to light you start seeing things and putting pieces together in your mind that yeah, that did happen,” Vice-Mayor Burgess told CBS. “When reality sets in, it wakes you up; and you say I’m glad someone is paying attention – for the state attorney to go to the level that we are today; we had to have a cancer here in house.”