The outgoing City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell rushed out of Thursday’s commission meeting and vowed to resign immediately when the panel began discussing the possibility of postponing his December meeting.
Will Ken Russell Resign?
Russell is scheduled to depart his job in January, giving the commission meeting on December 8 his final opportunity to complete unfinished business in his district, which includes Coconut Grove. Commissioners discussed postponing the meeting to spend time with their families over the holidays.
“Simple cordiality to this body to respect each other’s capacity to get the job done for our constituents is now being tossed out the window,” Russell stated in the meeting.
“Therefore, you may anticipate that my resignation will be reprinted this afternoon and counted for today,” he stated. This situation is a complete farce.
Russell then fled the room in a rage. Later, he tweeted that he is willing to return to the podium.
“If two other commissioners are willing to report for work on December 8, so am I,” he tweeted. “Otherwise, more than $300,000 in anti-poverty subsidies and a number of affordable housing zoning projects for west Grove are discarded. It’s my final (meeting). Help me do the task properly.”
Russell told the media Thursday night, “I’m taking a big breath.” “I will not submit my resignation tonight. I’m urging my commissioners to collaborate and do their duties.”
He had no misgivings about how he conducted the meeting. Many close with Russell also hinted that this was not planned, and could spell the end to his term. Despite the looming resignation due in January.
Russell said, “I often regret not speaking more because this commission is out of control and the people deserve better.” “They elected us to do a simple task: come up and cast your ballots.”
Thursday night, Mayor Francis Suarez and other commissioners did not respond to requests for comment.