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Jacksonville City Council To Vote On Fate Of Planning Commission Chair-Elect

Lisa King
Lisa King

The Jacksonville City Council will decide whether the city’s newly elected Planning Commission Chair Lisa King stays on the board at all.

As first reported by Florida Politics, Mayor Lenny Curry asked King and two other planning commissioners to resign this week, saying he wants people who better align with his business-friendly vision. But King wrote Curry back, saying she won’t quit the board.

Despite the mayor’s wishes, the Planning Commission appointed King Chair-Elect, Thursday.


Planning Commissioner Tony Robbins says Curry’s request was surprising.


“Many of us have served different mayors. It’s just this is catching me off guard. It’s catching all of us off guard," Robbins said. "It’s a little different, and it’s totally the prerogative, and we’ll abide by all those rules.”


In closing Thursday’s meeting, King says she’s proud of how the team handled the meeting, and promised the controversy won't interfere with her doing her job.


The City Council must vote whether Curry can remove her.

Lindsey Kilbride was WJCT's special projects producer until Aug. 28, 2020. She reported, hosted and produced podcasts like Odd Ball, for which she was honored with a statewide award from the Associated Press, as well as What It's Like. She also produced VOIDCAST, hosted by Void magazine's Matt Shaw, and the ADAPT podcast, hosted by WJCT's Brendan Rivers.