The Tallahassee City Attorney, Cassandra Jackson, has given notice of her intent to resign. According to documents from an upcoming city commission meeting, Jackson plans to leave the position of City Attorney and "continue to serve as an employee/consultant through June 1, 2024 to ensure a smooth transition."
ABC 27 asked a city spokesperson why Jackson intends to resign. We were directed to the agenda for the city commission meeting planned for November 8. In that agenda item, we found the plan below outlining a proposal for Jackson to stay on as an employee/consultant.
The agenda item says "the proposed amendment to the employment agreement defines Ms. Jackson’s duties as employee/consultant to include providing certain consulting services which include, but are not limited to, the provision of advice and counsel."
City leaders could also discuss appointing an interim city attorney once Jackson steps down. The agenda item also says, "if authorized, the Human Resources Department and Office of Diversity and Inclusion will immediately begin the recruitment process for an attorney who has been admitted to the Florida Bar and will publicize the vacancy, which would last approximately 60 days, followed by an interview process by the City Commission."
It goes on to say, "the position will be advertised with organizations including but not limited to the Florida Bar, the Florida League of Cities, the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association, the American Bar Association, the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, and the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association. Significant interest in the position is expected due to the prominence of Tallahassee’s statewide and national profile."