Under a cloud of controversy, Orlando Gudes remains on Tampa City Council but steps down as Chair

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Orlando Gudes. By Seán Kinane / WMNF News (19 April 2019).

Orlando Gudes has stepped down as Chair of Tampa City Council, but he says he will not resign his seat. This comes amid a cloud of controversy after a city investigation found that Gudes had created a hostile work environment for a former aide.

Gudes passed the Chair’s gavel to Guido Maniscalco before saying, “I will not be resigning. I will step down as Chair at this time.”

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Gudes’ motion to step down as Chair of Tampa City Council in favor of Maniscalco passed unanimously.

During public comment, several people spoke for and against Gudes.

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