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Reorganized Tallahassee City Commission could face old discord in first regular meeting

A photo of Tallahassee City Hall from the front
The Tallahassee City Commission will hold its first regular meeting since reorganizing after the elections

Tallahassee’s divisive city commission elections are over, and the new board’s first regular meeting is today.

Commissioners have talked about the need to come together. But further divisions seem likely.

One such issue could be Taylor Biro’s position on the Tallahassee Citizens Police Review Board. The local Police Benevolent Association called for Biro’s removal after hearing that she carried a mug with an expletive critical of police to a review board meeting.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported the mug actually said “abolish the police.” Commissioners Jeremy Matlow and Jack Porter have voiced support for Biro.

There’s also a wide gap in the performance evaluations of certain city employees. Some commissioners gave perfect marks to top staff, including City Manager Reese Goad, while others gave those same employees dismal reviews.

Today’s agenda does not mention those issues. It does include an update on the noise ordinance and safe routes to several elementary schools.

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Margie Menzel covers local and state government for WFSU News. She has also worked at the News Service of Florida and Gannett News Service. She earned her B.A. in history at Vanderbilt University and her M.S. in journalism at Florida A&M University.