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Tallahassee City Commission melts down at meeting's end over police officer's positive drug test

The mayor used his gavel to interrupt a series of arguments
The mayor used his gavel to interrupt a series of arguments

The Tallahassee City Commission had a meltdown at its meeting Wednesday night. Arguments among commissioners grew so heated that Mayor John Dailey abruptly gaveled the meeting to a close.

The meltdown occurred during the “Sharing of Ideas” section at the end of the meeting. But before that, the commissioners had clashed over how to protect the city’s trees and a budget update on the Griffin Heights Neighborhood First plan.

Then Commissioner Jeremy Matlow began to question City Manager Reese Goad about the Tallahassee Police Department officer who tested positive for Adderall but kept his job. Matlow said all other city employees who tested positive for drugs got fired except that one officer.

A squabble broke out.

Finally Dailey ended it, calling the meeting adjourned and bringing down the gavel.

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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.