CLEARWATER, Fla. — Mayor Frank Hibbard announced his resignation Monday morning less than one hour into a meeting.
What You Need To Know
- Hibbard announced his resignation during a meeting, saying he was "concerned where the city is going"
- He was in the last year of his term, having been elected in 2020
- BELOW: Watch the meeting video
He was in the last year of his term after being elected in 2020.
During a Special Council meeting on Monday the unexpected announcement came as Hibbard and fellow City Council members were discussing plans for a new $90 million City Hall and municipal complex. See the resignation below.
"I am concerned where the city is going," Hibbard said. "Because this is simple math, and we are not doing very well on the test. But I can tell that I am not the right person, and I am a busy guy. I have always believed in making sacrificies for public service."
"I know this is shocking, but I am not the right guy right now. And I just called my wife, she is shocked. And I don't ever quit anything."
Hibbard had previously stated he wouldn't run again. His term ends in March of next year.
Council members like Kathleen Beckman were caught off guard.
“It was absolutely a surprise. I had no idea,” she said. “It’s still a shock. Still don’t know what to make of it.”
Beckman and Hibbard have often disagreed on issues. She is the “honorary” vice mayor of the city but that doesn’t mean she’s next in line to be the mayor.
The $90 million project did not sit well with Hibbard because there is currently a $60 million deficit for it. The old City Hall is being demolished.
While his exit was abrupt, Council members want the public to know the city will keep running.
The city attorney is waiting for a letter of resignation from Hibbard.