Largo Vice Mayor Jamie Robinson announces resignation
Vice Mayor Jamie Robinson announced his resignation Wednesday, citing a new job that requires frequent traveling.
Robinson, who was elected in 2012, wrote in his resignation letter that his last day is Feb. 29. He said Wednesday morning that he accepted a position as a field project supervisor for Walmart, where he will travel three weeks out of the month mainly around the southeast monitoring store set-up.
It was a tough decision, he said, but the frequency of travel wouldn't allow him to fulfill his duties as a commissioner.
"It's not a decision I even really wanted to make," he said. "It's a great city. It's a great environment."
Robinson, 38, has lived in the city for most of his life. He graduated from Largo High School and has been involved with the Largo Historical Society and Florida League of Cities. He worked for Largo Feed and Pet Supply for about 18 years, then left to manage a Palm Harbor pet store until October, when he was fired with no explanation, he said. He'd been looking for a job since.
Seat 4, the commission seat Robinson holds, is up this year in the Nov. 8 election. City Clerk Diane Bruner said Wednesday morning that no one has filed to run.
Because it's more than 90 days away from the election, the commission will appoint someone to fill Robinson's seat, Mayor Woody Brown said. In the past, commissioners have taken applications from interested parties and voted on who they think is the best candidate.
Brown, 45, said Robinson's work ethic and dedication will be missed but understands why he made the decision.
"He works hard. He's very committed," he said. "I know it's tough on him, but you've got to do what you've got to do."
Robinson said with time allowing, he hopes to stay involved in city events and organizations and keep up with the commission's decisions and policy-making.
"While we might not always agree on everything, we all have the best interest in the city of Largo," he said. "I hope it continues to thrive."