JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — City Councilman Matt Carlucci said Chief Administrative Officer, Brian Hughes, should step down.
“I don’t think our city has been moving forward so great.” Carlucci said in a public letter. “I think we’ve been moving backwards.”
Carlucci said Hughes is not collaborative and cannot be relied upon to build honest relationships.
“His presence in the mayor’s office, in my opinion, based on my experience, has been an impediment to our city moving forward.” Carlucci’s letter reads.
Action News Jax sat down with Carlucci and he explained that this has been a long time coming. He explained that what “broke the camel’s back” was the way Hughes handled important topics like JEA and the landing demolition.
“We’ve seen a lot of buildings come down. You ask what’s going in their place and nobody tells you.” Carlucci said. “Nobody knows. Maybe there is something out there, but if there is — where’s the transparency?”
We reached out to Mayor Lenny Curry’s office for his reaction.
He released this statement, but declined to do an on-camera interview.
“Brian Hughes serves the City of Jacksonville faithfully and dutifully. I selected him as Chief of Staff in January of 2018 because of his valued and wide-ranging experience, as well as his commitment to the people of Jacksonville. When I promoted him to Chief Administrative Officer in June 2019, it was because of progress and advancement in our city, attributed to his effective leadership and collaborative relationships. Jacksonville is Brian’s home and he has a vested and passionate interest in making this city the best it can be for all who live here.” – Mayor Lenny Curry
A city spokesperson said Hughes will not be responding to Carlucci’s call for resignation.
“I think Mr. Hughes owes it to the mayor to make sure he’s the right man for that job for his friend,” Carlucci said.
Carlucci said this is in no way personal and he respects the mayor’s response.
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