Marion County commissioner submits letter of intent to resign, after spat with other commissioners

With no warning, a Marion County commissioner submitted his letter of resignation on Tuesday
Published: May. 24, 2023 at 12:30 PM EDT|Updated: May. 24, 2023 at 5:20 PM EDT
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OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) - With no warning, a Marion County commissioner submitted his letter of intent to resign on Tuesday.

In the letter, Jeff Gold says he feels the board has a clear and collective vision for the future after attending the May 17 visioning workshop. The video of that workshop shows Gold doesn’t speak or interact with other commissioners. However, at the end of the May 2, 2023 commission meeting, Gold expressed frustrations with political rumors.

He said he heard Commissioner Kathy Bryant was going to wait until the last minute and throw her hat in the ring to be tax collector. Then, Bryant brought up rumors she heard.

“[I heard] that you were going to wait and then let somebody else slip in at the last minute and run for your position.... so it’s good that you’re clarifying you’re running?” Bryant questioned.

“Well, you never know. We’ll have to see,” Gold replied.

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Gold was in his second term representing Marion County Commission District Three, which includes the Belleview area.

He says he can better serve the community in other capacities. He will step down by the end of the July board meeting.

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