The Resignation of Mayor Mike Thomas
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Fat shaming from politicians is unacceptable. Not hiring women as Police Dispatchers because they might get pregnant is discriminatory.
This is what Mayor Mike Thomas said at a Budget Workshop in Panama City Beach, FL on July 26, 2018:
"You need to hire people who aren't fat, don't smoke, and aren't gonna get pregnant."
The City Council laughed, and the Assistant City Manager for Finance said, "Can I applaud?" City Attorney Amy Myers was worried, saying, "Please stop talking."
Mayor Thomas was responding to Police Chief Drew Whitman's plea for another dispatcher because his staff is stretched thin and in dire need of help.
SEE VIDEO HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqF7H5PYEHg
This comment is particularly repugnant considering the overweight Mayor had open-heart surgery a couple years ago paid for by taxpayers. Now he begrudges medical care to employees in order to save money.
SEE VIDEO OF MAYOR'S CRAZY APOLOGY HERE: https://youtu.be/aDIMIdSFE-Y
SEE VIDEO OF MAYOR CALLING EMPLOYEE FATTEST HUMAN BEIN' IN THE WORLD: https://youtu.be/LOq2SY6yONI
Mayor Thomas has been especially hostile to the Police Department, which City Manager Mario Gisbert once said was 50 percent under-staffed. Instead of taking care of the Police, Mayor Thomas and the City Council are spending $4 million on a new City Hall for themselves.
The Panama City Beach Mayor has a history of showing contempt toward his colleagues, employees, voters, critics, neighbors and business competitors.
We are fed up with this brazen hostility and bullying from the Mayor. Please sign this petition and join us in demanding his immediate resignation from office.
Mike Thomas has bullied too many people, sullied the Office of Mayor and humiliated the City of Panama City Beach enough.
It's time for him to go.
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