On Tuesday, a number of black religious leaders met at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church to show their support for Deputy City Attorney Cassandra Jackson as the next City Attorney.
The city commission previously voted 3-2 at a special meeting not to hire Jackson for the job following concerns raised by commissioners. These concerns included a lack of qualified candidates and a desire to hire outside of City Hall for a fresh perspective.
Mayor Andrew Gillum and Commissioner Curtis Richardson voted to hire Jackson, while Commissioners Nancy Miller, Gil Ziffer and Scott Maddox voted no.
Church leaders said the city commission should reconsider their decision and hire Jackson.
“We can’t penalize her because certain people did not apply. Nine people applied and she won it. And it’s not about race or gender. It’s about this person, attorney Jackson, being highly qualified for this position,” said Rev. R. B. Holmes.
Rev. Julius McAllister of Bethel A.M.E Church said this “is not a black or white issue but about the commonality within our humanity that makes us the same.”