Jacksonville Beach City Council to review resignation from City Attorney

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — The Jacksonville Beach City Council will hold a special meeting Thursday evening to discuss the termination of City Attorney Chris Ambrosio.

Ambrosio was arrested on March 24 for charges related to molesting a girl under the age of 16 and contributing to the delinquency of a child. Ambrosio is the attorney to all Jacksonville Beach City Departments, including Beaches Energy Services, the City of Jacksonville Beach Police Department, and serves as General Counsel to the City Council and Boards. Ambrosio also previously served as Judicial Attorney for former Chief Judges David Levy and Richard Suarez of the Third District Court of Appeals.

On March 25, the City Council voted to place Ambrosio on paid administrative leave. His PTO and sick leave will cover through April 2 and the city said early estimates show it could cost the city around $21,809.

On April 1, Ambrosio sent a letter of resignation to the City.

“Following our conversation this morning, in accordance with the letter and notice sent to me by the City of Jacksonville Beach, City Manager and Deputy Manager, dated April 1, 2021, I hereby submit my resignation as City Attorney for the City of Jacksonville Beach, effective immediately. Conditioned upon payment of the accrued leave, base salary and employee benefits to the extent outlined in the April 1, 2021 letter and notice.”

—  Chris Ambrosio

City Manager Mike Staffopolous is recommending for City Council to accept the resignation with the conditions Ambrosio listed.

Ambrosio has a court hearing set for April 14. He is currently out on bond, under conditions of GPS monitoring and avoiding contact with the alleged victim and family. He can travel to and from Alachua County for work purposes and to visit family. He plans to plea not guilty.

Hannah Lee

Hannah Lee is a General Assignment Reporter for 104.5 WOKV.

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