Miami Shores councilman and former Vice Mayor Jesse Walters resigned from office on Tuesday in a surprise announcement that has jarred the local political scene.
Walters announced his resignation before Tuesday’s regular Village Council meeting and was replaced by Mac Glinn, the man who barely lost out on a seat in the council election held in April. Glenn will serve out the remainder of Walters term, which runs out in April of 2017.
Walters will continue as the Executive Director of the Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce.
In an interview with Rise News, Walters said he resigned because he no longer enjoyed the job.
“It just isn’t fun anymore and I crossed it off my bucket list,” Walters said.
Walters also said that the tenor of correspondence between himself and members of the Shores community has grown darker in recent months.
“Some of the people that email you are really really angry,” Walters said. “I just feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.”
Walters said that he intended to stay an active member in the community and now has more time to spend with his family.
“We love it here,” Walters said. “The vast majority of people are nice and great.”
Rise News reached out to Glinn but could not reach him before the publication of this story. We will update it with his comments.
Glenn did post a message to Facebook however celebrating his new role in the community.
“While I was very sorry to see Jesse resign and I am grateful for his years of service to the Village, I am also very honored to have been selected and am excited about this chance to directly influence our Village’s path forward,” Glinn wrote on the social media site. “I cannot thank you enough for all you did this year to help me reach this incredible opportunity. I look forward to the opportunity to deliver on the faith you have placed in me.”
Walters made news in in 2011, when he was only the fourth openly gay public official elected in the history of Miami-Dade County.
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