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St. Petersburg to announce interim Chief Equity Officer

Mayor Ken Welch said he was “disappointed” by Lenice C. Emanuel’s sudden departure.
 
St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch at a news conference at 5th Avenue South and 16th Street in Campbell Park on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023. Mayor Welch and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor are requesting funding to connect the historic Gas Plant redevelopment with south St Petersburg via two-way street conversion on MLK and 8th Street and working around Interstate-175.
St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch at a news conference at 5th Avenue South and 16th Street in Campbell Park on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023. Mayor Welch and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor are requesting funding to connect the historic Gas Plant redevelopment with south St Petersburg via two-way street conversion on MLK and 8th Street and working around Interstate-175. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Oct. 31, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Ken Welch on Tuesday said an interim Chief Equity Officer will be announced soon after the sudden resignation of Lenice C. Emanuel.

Asked about her departure during an unrelated news conference announcing the city’s application for a grant that could convert Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and 8th streets into two-way streets, Welch called Emanuel’s resignation “unexpected.”

“We’re disappointed but certainly wish Lenice Emanuel the best,” he said. “One of the great things that happened about this is, there’s a lot of excitement about the chief equity officer. We had over 100 applications. So, a lot of good talent out there, folks who believe in equity and what we’re trying to do in the city. So we’re going to keep moving forward.”

Emanuel has not returned calls for comment. The Tampa Bay Times submitted a public records request for her communications while she was working in the office.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.