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Tallahassee City Commission approves Fernandez resignation

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Posted at 5:29 PM, Jan 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-03 14:00:43-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Tallahassee City Commissioners officially approve the resignation of City Manager Rick Fernandez. 

The Tallahassee City Commission held a special meeting this afternoon.

Fernandez wrote a letter commission yesterday saying it's time for him to "retire".

WTXL ABC 27's Stephen Jiwanmall is joining us live from city hall to tell us the latest.

The commission unanimously approved the city manager's resignation agreement, which was criticized today by several residents, who wanted Rick Fernandez fired.

In the agreement, Fernandez will be paid $94,000 as part of his severance package. He's also entitled to all retirement benefits as well as any accrued personal and sick leave.

The city attorney says it's a compromise that is fair and reasonable, but several residents disagreed arguing the agreement is just another way the city isn't listening to the public.

Commissioners voted to have Interim City Manager Reese Goad continue in that position, but they'll bring up the topic again at next week's retreat.

Commissioners also approved a settlement with the Tallahassee Democrat over public records, and they discussed plans to hire a new city auditor and attorney.