|Orlando, Florida interim mayor|
March 2005 – April 2005
|Preceded by||Buddy Dyer|
|Succeeded by||Buddy Dyer|
Ernest Page (born circa 1942) is a former member of the Orlando, Florida, City Council who served as Orlando's interim mayor in March and April 2005 while the elected mayor, Buddy Dyer, was in jail due to allegations of electoral fraud. After the charges against Dyer were dismissed in April 2005, Page returned to his City Council position, but was later removed from office after being convicted of corruption.
Page, an African-American, was first elected to the Orlando City Council in the early 1980s, but left office during his first term after a conviction for dealing in stolen property. He was elected to City Council again in 1996, and won re-election in 2000 and 2004. In March 2005, he was serving as mayor pro tem under Mayor Buddy Dyer when Dyer was indicted and jailed for electoral fraud. Following Dyer's removal, Page took office as interim mayor. He was interim mayor for about six weeks, until April 19, when the charges against Dyer were dropped and he was restored to office.
On March 1, 2006, Councilman Page was arrested on charges of political corruption while in the mayor's office. In September 2006 he was convicted of bribery and official misconduct for threatening to stop a redevelopment proposal unless the prospective developer gave a piece of the project to a nonprofit group with which Page was affiliated. He was subsequently sentenced to 42 months in prison.
Following his sentencing in December 2006, Page was removed from city office by an executive order from Governor Jeb Bush. Page appealed his conviction in federal circuit court, but lost the appeal in March 2008. He entered prison in June 2008. He was released from prison in 2011 after serving about 3 years of his 3-1/2-year sentence. Most of his prison time was spent at Marion Correctional Institution in Lowell, Florida.
- Page Could Be Facing Legal Troubles, WESH-TV (Orlando), January 30, 2006. Retrieved from WPBF.com, November 12, 2010.
- City of Orlando website, archived June 8, 2007
- Acting Mayor Page To Follow Dyer's Plan For Now, WFTV-9 (Jacksonville) website, March 14, 2005
- Dyer Returns To Office, Vows 'Fresh Start'; All Charges Dropped; May 3 Special Election Cancelled, WESH-2 (Orlando) website, April 21, 2005
- Mark Schlueb (Orlando Sentinel), Orlando Mayor Suspended, The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA), March 12, 2005
- Ernest Page trial closing, Orlando Sentinel website, September 22, 2006, and In interview, Page discussed charges before his sentencing, Orlando Sentinel, December 31, 2006.
- Page Removed From Office After Being Sentenced To Prison, WESH-TV, December 21, 2006.
- Governor’s Executive Order Number 06-54, State of Florida news release, March 1, 2006.
- City Commissioner's Bribery Conviction Upheld, WESH-TV 2 (Orlando) website, March 7, 2008
- Former Orlando Mayor Ernest Page Now Inmate In State Prison System, WFTV-9 (Jacksonville) website, June 19, 2008
- Mark Schlueb (June 7, 2011). "Former Orlando city commissioner released from prison; Ernest Page served 3 years on corruption charges". Orlando Sentinel.