Lissette Molina, assistant to Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi, resigned from her position Friday morning.
“Due to the unfortunate work environment I will no longer be able to continue my services to the Town of Miami Lakes as assistant to the Mayor effective August 12, 2015,” said Molina’s resignation email, which was sent out at 9:53 a.m.
In a text message to the Miami Herald on Friday afternoon, Molina said she enjoyed her tenure with Miami Lakes and that the town's staff consists of “exemplary public servants.’’
“It is unfortunate that due to the Mayor's continued actions, I have resigned," Molina said in the message. “My parents have instilled in me a strong work ethic, dignity and self respect. I am looking forward to continuing to pursue my career.’’
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Pizzi handpicked Molina when he was reinstated to his mayoral seat in April.
“I think she’s a brilliant kid and she will be very successful,’’ Pizzi said Friday. “I don’t think it’s appropriate for me or anybody else to comment on personnel issues.’’
Pizzi was arrested in August 2013 on federal bribery charges, and began his fight to regain his mayoral seat when he was acquitted in August 2014.
Molina is the second person in the Town of Miami Lakes to announce their resignation over the past two weeks.
Last week, Miami Lakes Town Clerk Marjorie Tejeda-Castillo tendered her resignation, effective Aug. 14. She resigned after Pizzi allegedly threatened to sue her and Town Manager Alex Rey during a July 20 meeting if two new business items on the town's July 21 agenda were implemented. The items had to do with not using the town’s resources for non-town sponsored events, and that the clerk be the only person who can call up residents to speak at town meetings.
Pizzi has since said that he didn't make such threats, and that the situation was a misunderstanding, but Rey and Tejeda-Castillo are standing by their version of the story.