MIAMI LAKES, Fla. -

The mayor of Miami Lakes isn't going anywhere.

Mayor Wayne Slaton made that point clear during a news conference Monday morning.

"The residents of the town of Miami Lakes elected me as mayor of this great town to serve until 2016," Slaton told reporters who gathered at Town Hall as he addressed the status of former Mayor Michael Pizzi.

Pizzi was acquitted by a federal jury of seven corruption-related charges Thursday. He returned to Town Hall later that night, proclaiming, "I'm back."

State statute requires the governor to reinstate any elected official who has been cleared of any charges that were the basis of the suspension with back pay.

However, Gov. Rick Scott said Friday he wouldn't reinstate Pizzi because the town already has a new mayor.

Suspended Miami Lakes mayor heads back to Town Hall to fight for job

IN THE PACIFIC. LAURIE. ALL RIGHT, MAX. THANK YOU. SUSPENDED MIAMI LAKES MAYOR MICHAEL PIZZI WENT BACK TO TOWN HALL TODAY IN AN ATTEMPT TO GET HIS JOB BACK. BUT CURRENT MAYOR WHO WAS VOTED INTO OFFICE SAID, OH, NO, HE'S THE ONE I N CHARGE. LOCAL10 NEWS REPORTER GLENNA MILBERG IS LIVE IN MIAMI LAKES WITH MORE OF THIS POLITICAL SHOWDOWN. Reporter: IT'S REALLY SOMETHING, LAURIE. TWO MAYORS AND ONE CITY, AND WHAT REALLY MAKES THIS KIND OF INTERESTING IS IT SEEMS LOOK BOTH SIDES MAY HAVE A VALID ARGUMENT. BUT THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE WINNER, AND IT LOOKS LIKE THIS QUESTION IS GOING TO COURT. I'D LIKE TO SEE YOU THE MANAGER. Reporter: THIS TIME THE SUSPENDED MAYOR ENTERED TOWN HALL LIKE JOE CITIZEN REQUESTING RECORDS IN HIS SOON-TO-BE COURT CASE THAT HE IS THE RIGHTFUL MAYOR. THIS IS A NO-BRAINER. THERE'S NO DISPUTE. THE RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN OF MIAMI LAKES ELECTED ME. Reporter: THE TALE OF TWO MAYORS IS MOST CERTAINLY HEAD TOWED COURT. PIZZI IS BRINGING IT, DEMANDING GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT UNSUSPEND AND REINSTATE HIM SINCE A FEDERAL JURY CLEARED HIM OF CORRUPTION CHARGES LAST WEEK, BUT -- THEY HAVE A MAYOR NOW, SO THERE'S NO PLACE TO REINSTATE HIM TO. Reporter: THE GOVERNOR CITES MIAMI LAKES' CHART THEY'RE ALLOWS WANE SLATON WHO WON A SPECIAL ELECTION TO REPLACE THE SUSPENDED MAYOR, TO STAY MAYOR. THIS IS ASHLEY IN FLORIDA'S CONSTITUTION COULD GIVE MIAMI LAKES THE AUTHORITY TO KEEP MAYOR SLATON, TOO. BUT THE FLORIDA STATUTE UNDER WHICH THE GOVERNOR SUSPENDED PIZZI ALSO MANDATES HE REINSTATE HIM WHEN HE'S EXONERATED. THE TOWN AT THIS POINT IS REFUSING TO ALLOW ME TO RESUME MY DUTIES AS MAYOR. Reporter: SO THE QUESTION, DOES MIAMI LAKES LAW TRUMP STATE LAW? THE GOVERNOR AND MAYOR ARGUE YES. THERE IS NO TEMPORARY POSITION. Reporter: BUT THEN WE FIND THIS. MIAMI LAKES THEN ATTORNEY AT THE COUNCIL MEETING LAST SUMMER TO STET ELECTION FOR PIZZI'S REPLACEMENT. [ INDISTINGUISHABLIBLE ] Reporter: AND SO THE PLOT THICKENS. PIZZI SAID HE IS NOT RUSHING TO COURT LOOK A MAD MAN I BELIEVE WERE HIS COMPACT WORDS BUT HE SAYS LOOK FOR EYE COURT FILING

Pizzi was suspended by Scott after his arrest last summer. Slaton was then chosen to fill Pizzi's seat during a special election in October.

Slaton said the town charter allowed voters to permanently elect a new mayor.

"Let me be very clear -- there is no temporary position that was created," Slaton said.

But Pizzi still wants his job back.

"I don't know under what basis he thinks he's entitled to serve out my term as mayor," Pizzi told reporters Monday outside Town Hall.

Pizzi met with Town Manager Alex Rey after Slaton's news conference and was told what Slaton already stated.

"The city manager understands my view, but he's informed me that the town is refusing to allow me to resume my duties as mayor and that I will have to seek some form of judicial relief," Pizzi said.

Pizzi's attorney is planning to do just that.

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