Pamela Cichon, the wife of City Council candidate Steve Galvin, is leaving her job as an assistant attorney for the city of St. Petersburg following officials' determination that she violated city policy by sending campaign emails from her work account.
City Attorney John Wolfe said that Cichon, 57, had decided to retire by the end of the week. He would not say whether Cichon had been asked to leave.
On July 29, following the publication of a Tampa Bay Times story about her husband's paternity lawsuit, Cichon emailed Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long to commiserate. The reporter had been unfair, she wrote, and her husband had not really lied when he told the newspaper he had never been sued and did not have a child.
"He does not feel the Times should be privy to every irrelevant issue in his past," she wrote, "and all the article showed that was relevant was that he has faithfully paid his child support, which was reached by agreement."
Following the publication of that email, city officials combed through Cichon's other correspondence and found more campaign emails sent from her work account. Cichon's last day will be Thursday, Wolfe said.