Tallahassee City Attorney Cassandra Jackson has given notice of her intent to resign from the position of City Attorney effective November 24. She will continue to serve as an employee/consultant through June 1, 2024 – her planned retirement date – to ensure a smooth transition.
According to the proposed employment agreement, in her new position as a consultant, Jackson will report to the Interim or City Attorney.
An item added to the agenda for the November 8, 2023 city commission meeting seeks approval of a proposed amendment to the employment agreement between Ms. Jackson and the City to allow her to work until June 1, 2024.
Jackson released a statement addressing her decision:
“It has been the honor of my legal career of nearly 40 years to serve as Tallahassee’s City Attorney. Public service is one of the most admirable and rewarding of professions. I have served the public with the highest level of legal professionalism, knowledge and integrity throughout my career and will continue to do so. For personal reasons, I have requested that the City Commission amend my employment agreement to permit resignation as City Attorney and continued service in a legal advisory capacity until my planned retirement on June 1, 2024. City residents can be assured that I will leave the City of Tallahassee with a current legal staff that has extraordinary legal training and skill.”
Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey released a statement to WCTV, addressing Jackson’s intent to resign, saying she has served the citizens “extremely well.”
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Cassandra for the past 5 years,” said Dailey. “She has served the citizens of Tallahassee extremely well. Upon the news of her retirement, I am very appreciative of the time she is providing which gives us plenty of time to provide a smooth transition for hiring a new city attorney.”
The City Commission appointed Cassandra Jackson as City Attorney for the City of Tallahassee on February 28, 2018.
Jackson was one of three candidates interviewed for the job back in 2018.
Then City Commissioner Scott Maddox, who had originally voted against hiring her, renewed the call for a vote at a meeting in February, 2018 and the motion passed 4-1.
“When somebody works hard and are within the ranks, they shouldn’t be penalized for being within the ranks. What we should do is have an open and fair process and that’s what we did here. She had to compete with people from the outside and she rose to the top. And I’m proud to support her,” said City Commissioner Scott Maddox.