Lake Worth manager on spokesperson leaving: ‘Chemistry wasn’t working’

Laura Tingo's stint as the city's communications specialist was short-lived. Her last day was Friday. (CONTRIBUTED)

Laura Tingo’s stint as the city’s communications specialist was short-lived. Her last day was Friday. (CONTRIBUTED)

LAKE WORTH —  City Manager Michael Bornstein didn’t use the word “fired” when asked about Laura Tingo’s sudden departure, but that’s what happened.

“It just didn’t work out,” Bornstein said before Tuesday’s special City Commission meeting. “It’s a dynamic position to take on…and the chemistry just wasn’t working.”

Tingo started as the city’s communications specialist July 5. Her last day was Sept. 9.

When asked if it was Tingo’s decision to leave, Bornstein responded, “we separated.” He later acknowledged it was the city’s decision to part ways with Tingo, who didn’t respond to several requests for comment.

“This is a tough environment to work in,” Bornstein said. “You’re dealing with personalities, politics, (city) issues. It just didn’t work out.”

Last month the city distributed posters to local businesses to explain a new alcohol ban that states packaged alcohol products can’t be sold between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.

But the posters read “Alcohol Sales Are Prohibited” and left out the “packaged alcohol products” part, leading to some confusion and a few merchants calling the city wondering if they had to stop selling alcohol at 10 p.m.

Bornstein said the mistake didn’t play a role in Tingo’s departure.

Dolores Key, the city’s economic development and marketing manager as well as Tingo’s director supervisor, declined to shed any light on why Tingo left.

The city plans to fill the position, which paid $54,000 annually, Bornstein said.

When the city posted the position, it said it received about 70 applications.





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