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Sarasota City Clerk Nadalini asked to resign

STEVE REID
Editor & Publisher
sreid@lbknews.com

The Sarasota City Commission asked City Clerk Pamela Nadalini to resign and offered her 90 days paid leave if she agrees not to litigate.

In a 4-1 vote last week, the city gave Nadalini until 5 p.m. on Jan. 15 to agree to resign or the city will terminate her employment the next day.

Nadalini has worked for the city for 33 years and has served as City Auditor and Clerk since 2010.

In December, an independent investigation told the city commission that Nadalini created a hostile work environment and that employees feared retaliation and that she should be removed from the position or liability could ensue. The City paid $30,000 to investigate the alleged verbal abuse and retaliations, and the firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick that performed the investigation said Nadalini did not herself respond to their request to be interviewed.

The city commission initiated the investigation last summer after numerous employees complained about Nadalini.

At the city meeting last week, the City Attorney said that the investigation and its conclusions were credible.

Nadalini in her role as City Clerk is an appointed official by the commission and categorized as a Charter Official.

Last year, the city commission unanimously gave Nadalini a “satisfactory” rating in her job evaluation.

Last month, when the investigation report was heard by the city commission, the commission appointed Deputy City Auditor and Clerk Shayla Griggs as an interim replacement for Nadalini.

The nature of the City Charter makes it clear that the City Clerk, City Attorney, and City Manager serve at the pleasure and discretion of the commission.

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