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Largo City Commissioner Jamie Robinson resigns

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Largo City Commissioner Jamie Robinson is resigning effective February 29. The first-term commissioner, in a letter, explained that a new position he has accepted will require him to travel frequently leaving him unable to fulfill his duties as commissioner.

“This is not a decision I take lightly, but after discussions with my family, we have decided that this is the best route for us at this time,” Robinson wrote.

Robinson was elected to a four-year term in 2012. This would have been his final year in office.

According to the Largo City Clerk, the seat will be filled through an application and appointment process. The seat is up for election in November. No one has filed to run as of Robinson’s resignation.

The longtime Largo resident was recently fired from a Palm Harbor pet store and has been looking for a job ever since. He graduated from Largo High School and had worked with the Largo Historical Society and the National League of Cities.

Here is Robinson’s complete letter.

This letter is to notify you that, with a heavy heart, I have decided to resign from my position as a Largo City Commissioner.

Due to a new employment opportunity I have decided to take a position where I will be traveling frequently, and therefore, will be unavailable to fulfill my duties as Commissioner.

This is not a decision I take lightly, but after discussions with my family, we have decided that this is the best route for us at this time.

Please accept this letter as my official notice. My last day will be February 29th 2016.

I would like to thank each of you for your help in making the City of Largo, one of the finest Cities in Florida. I would especially like to thank Shirley Frick for all of her wisdom and dedication and helping me to figure out how to do this job.

Finally, thank you to all of the staff at the City of Largo, for always taking the time out of your busy schedules to answer any questions I might have. You are truly what makes the City of Largo great.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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