Gainesville City Clerk Omichele Gainey rescinds her resignation

Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 5:19 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Eight days after announcing her departure along with City Attorney Nicolle Shalley, Gainesville City Clerk Omichele Gainey is rescinding her resignation.

The Gainesville City Commission has been in the spotlight for the resignation of charter officers and other employees in leadership positions.

City officials say that her resignation was not brought before the commission for action, so the matter is closed and Gainey will continue to serve as Gainesville’s City Clerk.

Commissioner Harvey Ward says Gainey is an important part of the team.

“She is a joy to work with, and one of my low points at City Hall was getting [her resignation] email last week.”

Commissioner Ward also addressed the threats made towards Commissioner Saco that cancelled Thursday’s meeting.

He said that threat got in the way of a lot of plans the commission was set to discuss tonight.

Ward said they were planning to tackle topics like safety on university during the meeting.

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“This was important work that needed to be done,” Ward added. “Unfortunately when there’s a threat of violence, it’s not up to me decide if it’s a credible threat. It’s a threat of violence and I believe the mayor and the manager and the chief of police, I know they conferred about it and they thought it was a credible enough threat to cancel the meeting.”

They will split the items on the agenda for the special meeting between Monday’s meeting and Thursday’s budget meeting.

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