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Posted on February 9, 2016
After 19 years she had gradually become the communications face of the City of Tallahassee.
She answered questions for reporters when she could, because her boss, Anita Favors Thompson would not.
You could tell when she was uncomfortable with the stock answer, but it was her job to deliver the “company line.”
I remember dealing with her on the red-light camera issue.
She defended the City’s position until the end of the program in a professional way even though so many questions about fines and effectiveness could not be easily answered.
She was at all the City Commission meetings and when speakers needed help with the audio-visual equipment someone would yell, “Where’s Michelle?”
One person told me she was “Anita’s go to person.”
When they needed to market Gaines Street, Michelle helped create the flash mob dance on Gaines Street.
She even created a funeral for a live oak tree that died in front of city hall.
I have never heard anyone say a bad word about Michelle Bono.
Ms. Bono came here from Wichita, Kansas, in 1997 and has worked since that time to serve the citizens of this community as the Assistant to the City Manager and Communications Director.
Now those days are gone.
With the shake up at City Hall and a new City Manager, Michelle found her self on the outside looking in.
It appeared that she had safely landed at the Blueprint 2000 Intergovernmental Agency as the manager of strategic communications.
But now word has leaked that after less than two months she is no longer working in that position.
It is hard to believe you cannot find a position for someone with so much experience and so much love for Tallahassee.
I am sure there is a behind the scenes story and maybe one day we will find out the details.
I will end with this: I remember walking neighorhoods when I was running for Mayor in 2010, as I left the door of an elderly gentleman he said “I will vote for you but if you win, don’t fire Michelle Bono, she does a good job.”
Michelle Bono deserved better.