MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- Franklin Delano Simmons, 67, of Moore Haven, resigned
his Glades county commission seat in a letter to Gov. Jeb Bush dated
Wednesday, according to the governor's office. He has served as a county
commissioner since November 1990.
Simmons was arrested Thursday on seven counts surrounding his alleged
unlicensed building contractor activities, including one remodeling job done
for retired County judge Kirby Sullivan's house. Judge Sullivan reportedly
paid Simmons $14,613.16 for the work late last year. Law enforcement
investigators have been investigating complaints of unlicensed contractors
in Glades county for nearly a year.