A North Miami Beach city commissioner suffering from a medical problem has been removed from office after attending only a single city meeting in person over the last nine months.
Frantz Pierre, 53, has mostly phoned in his votes on legislation and contracts since April of 2017, and hasn’t attended a city commission meeting since August. A legal memo explaining his ouster Thursday found that he automatically lost his position when he failed to attend the city’s Jan. 16 commission meeting, even though he participated by phone.
Pierre, according to a memo by outside attorney Jean Olin, participated in multiple meetings by phone over the last year, and suffers from an unexplained medical condition. But regardless of the reason for his absence or his attempts to participate remotely, Olin said Pierre was required by the city charter to attend at least one meeting every four months.
“Our city charter is very clear that the removal is automatic,” City Attorney Jose Smith said Saturday. “In some cities there’s some discretion. Under our charter there is none.”
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Pierre, first elected to the city commission in 2007, could not be reached for comment. His removal was first reported by blogger Stephanie Kienzle.
The city has scheduled a special Feb. 5 meeting to discuss how to address the vacancy.