Gainesville city attorney, city clerk resign

Gainesville City Clerk Omichele Gainey and City Attorney Nicolle Shalley submitted emails of resignation Wednesday.

Shalley said in her message that she accepted a position as the Levy County Attorney and said her last day with Gainesville will be Nov. 12.

“I will do my part to make this transition as smooth as possible, including working with whomever you promptly appoint as Interim City Attorney, to ensure the functions of this Office carry on seamlessly and that the City continues to be well served by this Office, as you have come to expect and as the City deserves,” Shalley said in her resignation statement.

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Gainey said in her resignation email that her date of resignation will be effective Oct. 8.

“Given the upcoming events within city operations, I am happy to remain on as a consultant through the end of the calendar year, if needed, to assist the interim Clerk with any transitional duties,” she wrote.

In a statement released by the city, Mayor Lauren Poe thanked both women for their commitment to ensuring a smooth transition.

“Both have provided [exemplary] service to the City Commission and to our neighbors,” he said. “While we are sad to bid them farewell, we wish them both the best in their future pursuits.”

The resignations come after Gainesville Commissioner and Mayor Pro-Tem Gail Johnson announced at a special meeting of the Gainesville City Commission on Aug. 23 that she will resign from her seat effective Sept. 30.

Johnson said she no longer wanted to be associated with the decisions of the entire commission or those of City Manager Lee Feldman.

“Power has been abused and misused,” Johnson said in her resignation statement, which she also posted to her Facebook page. “We have quickly gone from working in a low-trust environment to a no-trust environment. The cost of this type of dysfunction is just too high.

“I’m resigning, because people often don’t remember the individual contributions a commissioner makes to the body, they remember the decisions of the entire body,” she said. “I refuse to be complicit in decisions just by my mere presence, even if I dissent.”

Earlier this year the city’s director of equity Teneeshia Marshall, and inclusion also resigned.

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