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Former Kids Hope Alliance CEO Joe Peppers
Will Dickey

Joe Peppers, the former head of the city's Kids Hope Alliance (KHA), is breaking his silence after resigning last year following a troubled tenure leading Jacksonville's flagship child welfare agency.

Dennis speaking with a mic in his hand in front of the doors of city hall, right in front of the doors are a bunch of elected officials, including city council people and state officials.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

A little over half the members of Jacksonville’s City Council, Duval Public Schools administration, and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried took part in a solidarity walk beginning at City Hall on Sunday morning. 

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry

Amid a week filled with protests in Jacksonville – and across the country – Mayor Lenny Curry announced Friday he will be taking part in a walk next week.

Pictured: JEA's downtown headquarters building is pictured behind Jacksonville's City Hall.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

A meeting at City Hall Tuesday afternoon focused on whether the Jacksonville City Council should be able to appoint members to the JEA board of directors.

Jacksonville City Hall

Jacksonville’s Charter Revision Commission will hold a public town hall Thursday, October 17, to ask what changes residents want in their city’s governance.

Business Brief: Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority CEO Interviews Set

May 10, 2019
City Hall exterior
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Public interviews for the next Downtown Investment Authority CEO are on Wednesday, May 15, at City Hall.

Quan McWil / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and a fourth grader have more in common and more than just the title of  ‘Mayor.’

Exterior of Jacksonville City Hall.
Joslyn Simmons / WJCT

Jacksonville City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve Mayor Lenny Curry’s $1.3 billion general fund budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry shared a pizza lunch with students in a Lee High School leadership class Monday afternoon.

The students, who have been meeting with city and federal leaders going on two years,  want to change the juvenile justice system and reduce violence in their community.

Students were grabbing sodas and piling plates with slices of pizza and cheesy bread in the mayor’s boardroom as they sat around a long rectangular table.

Lindsey Kilbride

The front windows of Jacksonville’s City Hall are now displaying photos and stories about different parts of the city’s history.

One of those displays celebrates the historically African-American Durkeeville neighborhood and its connection to America’s pastime.

Bonnie Zerr / WJCT

Welcome to Redux, a weekly newsmagazine from WJCT. 

This week, after the Obama administration announced it's asking Congress to pass $1.1 billion to support initiatives to help treat the nation's prescription opioid and heroin epidemic,  we look at the problem in Northeast Florida and the hurdles users face when they try to get clean. Also on the program, the Jacksonville City Council passes its annual budget, the future of Barnett Tower and the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney.

Also, learn more about WJCT's After Hours programming, including the expansion of Relax Radio. 

The podcast is hosted by Vince Kong.

A former state lawmaker and a former Jacksonville Fire Chief are among the new hires at Jacksonville City Hall.

Mayor-elect Lenny Curry is announcing key members of his team, who will start work July 1.

Jacksonville City Hall, St. James Building
Ray Hollister / WJCT News

A new Florida law clarifies which types of grievances Jacksonville city employees can make before a human-resources board. The law brings the city charter in line with existing rules governing the civil-service board.

The board’s duty is to review grievances, appeals and whistleblower complaints by city employees.

Jacksonville City Hall, St. James Building
Ray Hollister / WJCT News

In addition to electing a new mayor, sheriff and several city council members, Duval County voters also approved two referenda amending Jacksonville’s charter.

The first affects the city’s attorney or general counsel.

Not only does it list specific qualifications for the position, it also dilutes the mayor’s control of the office by giving the City Council the power to fire an attorney.

Rick Mullaney, Director of the Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University, says the change could help eliminate the perception of favoritism.

photo by Beth Meckley

    The Streetlights will be coming back on in Jacksonville’s industrial and commercial areas under legislation proposed by Mayor Alvin Brown.
      The lights were shut off last year due to budget cuts.
          Mayor Brown says funding comes from unspent dollars from the previous fiscal year.
         There’s also money in the bill to maintain city right-of-ways, help the Fraternal Order of Police pay for job related education expenses, and to boost funding for economic development near Jacksonville International Airport and in Northwest Jacksonville.