Amy Toman unanimously named city attorney of Tallahassee

Tallahassee city commissioners Wednesday unanimously decided to make Amy Toman the new city attorney.

"The opportunity to serve in this position is an honor and privilege," Toman said in a prepared statement. "For more than 20 years, I've dedicated my career to public service, and I look forward to continuing the City Attorney's Office's strong legacy of exemplary legal practice."

Toman was previously a deputy city attorney under former City Attorney Cassandra Jackson since September 2018. Before that, she was executive director of the Florida Elections Commission.

Jackson made history as the city's first Black attorney and resigned amid revelations that an assistant city manager had criticized her "credentials, knowledge and experience" in a text exchange with a developer. Jackson will stay on as a city employee/consultant through June 1, 2024, her retirement date.

Following Jackson's formal resignation, city commissioners unanimously voted to appoint Toman to interim city attorney in November 2023.

The latest news was announced separately at the 5-member city commission's retreat and meeting. Her salary will be $230,048 a year.

Amy Toman sits with the city commission and appointed officials at the commission meeting on Jan. 17 where they announced her as the new city attorney.
Amy Toman sits with the city commission and appointed officials at the commission meeting on Jan. 17 where they announced her as the new city attorney.

"I want to say congratulations ... and we look forward to continue working with you and keep up the great work," Mayor John Dailey said at the retreat.

At the city commission meeting later in the day, commissioners shared their excitement over Toman's hire.

"We look forward to have a robust working relationship," Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox said. She joked with the audience that she will do her best not to get the city in legal trouble.

"Going through the interviews, you just rose to the top and did such an exceptional job, I think, on your answers," Commissioner Jeremy Matlow said.

On Tuesday, the commission interviewed their four finalists that had been selected through a screening process by the human resources department. Toman was one of two internal candidates who interviewed for the position.

Throughout her interview Toman described how she looks forward to bringing diversity into the city attorney's office, discussed the problems cities face due to legislation at the state level, and said she would work to create a collaborative environment.

"[The city attorney] is a job that I consider to sort of be one that my whole career has built towards, the things that I've done all along have led to here and I think I'm uniquely qualified for the position because, as I said, I have both legal experience as well as management experience," Toman said.

Amy Toman listens to city commissioners as they ask her questions as part of the city attorney interviews on Jan 16.
Amy Toman listens to city commissioners as they ask her questions as part of the city attorney interviews on Jan 16.

Arianna Otero is the City Solutions Reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat. Contact her via email at AOtero@tallahassee.com or on Twitter/X: @ari_v_otero.

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