Marathon City Councilman Trevor Wofsey Arrested for Domestic Battery

Marathon City Councilman Trevor Wofsey was arrested on Monday night on misdemeanor charges of domestic battery, according to reports obtained from the Monroe County Sheriff.

MCSO deputy Corbin Hradecky responded to Wofsey’s home in Marathon at approximately 10 p.m. on Jan. 3, where Wofsey’s wife Paige told Hradecky that she and her husband had been involved in an altercation. 

Wofsey’s wife said he had become upset, slapped her on the left ear, and pushed her up against a wall during an argument over text messages.

The report stated that the appearance of Paige’s ear, side of her face, and arm were consistent with her version of events. The deputy attempted to speak with Wofsey, who said his wife punched him on the left side of his jaw while he was sleeping and began arguing with him. After consideration of all circumstances, Wofsey was placed into custody for domestic battery.

“This is a very serious charge and we are investigating the circumstances and the potential consequences to present to the Marathon City Council at the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 11,” said Marathon City Manager George Garrett in a statement released Tuesday morning, Jan. 4.

The City of Marathon’s charter has provisions for suspending an elected official, as well as forfeiture of office. Though several city officials do not believe the situation as it stands meets  the criteria for a forced removal, the council does have the ability to appoint an individual to serve out Wofsey’s term of office should he choose to resign – provided the individual is legally qualified to serve on the council.

“My office will present all the options available to the council,” said City Attorney Steve Williams.

“​​I was truly saddened to learn of Mr. Wofsey’s recent arrest,” said Marathon Mayor John Bartus. “Domestic abuse affects the entire family, and it seems we all know someone has been impacted by this societal problem. My heart goes out to the Wofsey family, and my hope is that all will receive the help and intervention they will need in the months to come.”

“This is a tragic situation and more of a personal situation that Trevor will have to deal with,” said fellow councilman Luis Gonzalez. “I hope that he steps back, evaluates what happened, and makes the decisions that best suit him and his family. I pray for a good outcome for them.”

Wofsey has served on the Marathon City Council since November 2021, when he won one of two open seats as the second-highest vote-getter in the Marathon election, behind Gonzalez.

Wofsey was scheduled for an arraignment at 1 p.m. on Jan. 4.

Keys Weekly will update this story as it develops.

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Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full time at Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community by helping multiple organizations and friends rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. An avid runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends as much of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.