Embattled Jacksonville Beach city attorney offers resignation

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Embattled Jacksonville Beach city attorney offers resignation

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – Jacksonville Beach City attorney, facing deportation for arrest on a sex crimes case, offered to resign on Wednesday instead of being released.

Jacksonville Beach City Council is holding a special session Thursday afternoon at which the board will discuss accepting the resignation of Christopher Ambrosio, a city administrator-sponsored move, and finding his replacement, according to a city note.

Board members unanimously voted last week to advance a plan to end 48-year-old Ambrosio, who had previously been suspended after his arrest on March 24 for a crime of lewd and lascivious abuse.

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In a memo on Wednesday, city administrator Mike Staffopolous told the city council that Ambrosio had submitted his resignation on the condition that he would be paid for accrued vacation, base salary and benefits.

“The conditions mentioned by Mr Ambrosio are consistent with the measures taken by the City Council at the meeting on March 31, 2021. The recommendation of the staff is that the council officially accept the resignation of the prosecutor under the conditions laid down, ”the memo reads.

The memo goes on to say that city officials want permission to post the vacancy for at least 30 days. If approved, the search for Ambrosio’s successor and the interview process will begin at the Council meeting on April 26th.

Ambrosio, who was appointed prosecutor about 18 months ago, was earning a starting salary of $ 150,000 when he was hired in October 2019. It wasn’t immediately clear on Thursday how much of his salary and benefits he was going to leave with.

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“The financial implications of the above measures can be discussed at the special session of the Council on April 8, 2021,” the memo reads.

Ambrosio was arrested by the Atlantic Beach Police Department and sent to Duval County Jail in early March. The arrest is based on a complaint about an overnight stay in February that Ambrosio allegedly had with a minor.

Court records show the alleged victim is between 12 and 16 years old.

Ambrosio, who has scheduled a trial on April 14th, is free. He was ordered to wear a GPS monitor and not be in contact with the alleged victim or his family while awaiting trial.

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