Town attorney resigns


Town attorney resigns


Date: May 20, 2014
by: John Morton | Staff Writer


After less than one year in her role as Longboat Key’s town attorney, Maggie Mooney-Portale announced her resignation Monday at the end of the Longboat Key Town Commission regular workshop.

“We’re just not the right fit for one another,” she said of her decision to step down.

She declined further comment, but will remain in her position for another 90 days, per a contract agreement.

Commissioners did not comment on the announcement, but Town Manager Dave Bullock said the decision caught him off guard.

Mooney-Portale is with the law firm of Persson and Cohen, the same law firm where David Persson served as town attorney for the previous 23 years.

For more information, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Longboat Observer.

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Currently 5 Responses

  • 1.
  • Judy Hummer
    Wed 21st May 2014
    at 6:09pm
  • 2.
  • You may wish seriously consider to have your next contract agreement reviewed by someone other than the firm that enters into the contract. If yes, feel free to contact me - there will be no charge whatsoever.
  • Ingrid Wisniewski
    Tue 20th May 2014
    at 8:15pm
  • 3.
  • This looks like and smells like the "old pals act" between the Town and certain companies.
  • s manley
    Tue 20th May 2014
    at 5:45pm
  • 4.
  • So, how long was she on maternity leave and how much did the taxpayers pay her? Only recently did she return to work and suddenly she finds incompatibility between herself and the Town!!!
    Meanwhile, we paid her predecessor, Persson, to substitute for her during maternity leave--costing us double. And another 90 days of pay? Show her the door NOW.
  • Milan Adrian
    Tue 20th May 2014
    at 4:27pm
  • 5.
  • Perhaps our Commissioner's can look elsewhere for legal advice besides the Person and Cohen law firm.
  • Lee Pokoik
    Tue 20th May 2014
    at 3:21pm
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