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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, May 1, 201811:25 AM EST

City director of intergovernmental affairs stepping down

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Ali Korman Shelton has been with mayor since he took office in July 2015.
by: David Cawton Associate Editor

Ali Korman Shelton, director of intergovernmental affairs for the city of Jacksonville, is leaving her job.

Korman informed Mayor Lenny Curry, Chief Administrative Officer Sam Mousa and Chief of Staff Brian Hughes about her intentions Monday afternoon in an email.

“This is not a decision I have made lightly but is one that I feel is in the best interest of my family and me,” she wrote.

Korman’s last day with the city is May 18. She’s been with the mayor since he took office in July 2015.

“Ali Korman Shelton is a friend, colleague and teammate. Her contribution to the successes of my first term have been integral and substantial," Curry said in a statement. "Although she is leaving City Hall, I know that Ali will continue to be someone I trust for her advice and assistance. The people of Jacksonville have been well-served by her dedication to public policy, and we owe her thanks for the hours spent doing that work.”

In her role, Korman serves as the primary liaison between the mayor’s office and City Council members, and is often the go-between for other state and federal offices.

“I am grateful for the Council Members and the Council’s leadership for the support of you, this administration and my position,” she wrote.

“Serving as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the City of Jacksonville since you appointed me in July 2015 has been a privilege and responsibility I have cherished, respected and honored,” she wrote.

Korman told the mayor that the work with council “has been critical to your plan to better this community.”

In her letter, Korman highlighted several achievements under Curry’s tenure, including the unanimous passage of pension reform and the reconfiguration of the city’s children’s services programs into the Kids Hope Alliance.

“In the majority of the instances, the decisions have been unanimous, further evidence of the solid relationship between the branches of government,” she wrote.

She also lauded city employees, as well as members of the mayor’s leadership team including Mousa and Hughes.

A replacement has not yet been named.

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