Marty Millar, Former South Palm Beach Mayor, Commits Suicide
Former South Palm Beach Mayor Marty Millar killed himself over the weekend, according to authorities.
The once-troubled ex-mayor and former police officer reportedly shot himself at a storage facility in Lantana on Sunday afternoon.
Millar reportedly left a suicide note behind, but details on what it says have not been released.
According to Lantana Police, Millar was found around 4:40 p.m. Sunday with a self-inflicted bullet wound to the head. His body was lying in front of a storage unit he rented at the storage facility at 455 Hypoluxo Road in Lantana.
Authorities say they have notified Millar's brother, who lives in New Jersey.
"We have a Town Council meeting this evening. I'm not sure what I'm going to do," South Palm Beach Mayor Don Clayman told the Palm Beach Post. "Maybe a moment of silence. But that's about it."
Millar's career as mayor of South Palm Beach was rife with controversy. After serving for six years, he was forced to resign in 2010 following an ethics violation regarding a trip to Rachels Adult Entertainment and Steakhouse -- a West Palm Beach strip club. Millar had often used his position to drink there and not be tossed out when he got a little rowdy. The Town Council charged Millar $3,000 when an investigation concluded that he had abused his authority.
Millar's postmayoral career was just as troubled.
In 2012, he was arrested by Palm Beach Gardens Police and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.
The events that led to his arrest apparently began when he met a young woman and the two began racing each other from traffic light to traffic light. Millar brought the lady to a bar that night to meet up with a few friends, only to spot her at another bar with another man the following night. That other man turned out to be an off-duty West Palm Beach Police officer.
A drunken Millar followed the officer out of the bar and then hit him with a flashlight. A voicemail Millar left for a friend turned out to be his undoing:
"It's Marty... I followed the motherfucker. He's in a lot of fucking trouble... He's at Dirty Martini in the Gardens... You better call him and tell him he'd better surrender my girlfriend... I want to kill this motherfucker. I'm telling you right now, he's on my bad list... He fucked me... You just don't do that to a fellow officer... The last thing you do is to fuck with someone else's girlfriend or wife... He's a dick bag... I'll take him down if I catch the motherfucker. He's going down!"
Marty Millar was 67.