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6 Investigates: Mayor McQueen resigns after son speaks out

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Mayor Dan McQueen's resignation came just minutes after 6 Investigates confirmed information with the mayor’s son. Mayor Dan McQueen's resignation came just minutes after 6 Investigates confirmed information with the mayor’s son.
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Mayor Dan McQueen's resignation came just minutes after 6 Investigates confirmed information with the mayor’s son.

Once McQueen knew his son had spoken to the news station, he resigned 20 minutes later.

KRIS 6 Investigative reporter Jessica Savage contacted McQueen's estranged son Wyatt just after 1 p.m. today. He confirmed his father and Shari Douglas, McQueen's chief of staff, do have a romantic relationship that goes back years. Less than an hour after the conversation, McQueen resigned. 

In a text message exchange with his dad, Wyatt told us he said, "KRIS TV got in contact with me about your relationship."

"Wow," the mayor responded. 

 "... I didn't lie for you and I answered everything they asked, the best I could," Wyatt said he responded, in a phone interview with 6 Investigates. 

Twenty minutes later, at 1:49 p.m., Mayor McQueen emailed his resignation to the City Secretary's Office, and then posted a message on his personal Facebook page. 

"Consider this my resignation. I resign immediately," McQueen wrote in the social media post. "...They are now into my ex-wives and kids. Nothing good will come from that mess."

The resignation follows days of silence from the mayor after 6 Investigates contacted him with questions about his claims to have an electrical engineering degree, as well as his relationship with Douglas. That relationship could violate the city's ethics and nepotism policies.

The resignation comes two months after voters overwhelmingly elected McQueen as mayor over incumbent Nelda Martinez.  

Since at least 2014, McQueen has claimed a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. On the mayor's now deleted LinkedIn profile, he said that degree was from Florida State University. 6 Investigates contacted Florida State and the university has no record of an Eldon Daniel McQueen with the same birth date as the mayor.

As for Douglas, driver's license and voter registration records show she and Mayor McQueen have shared a home address since 2012. After McQueen was elected, Douglas changed her home address to a P.O. Box.

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