ED. NOTE: This story has been updated with new information. Tinder spoke with News 13 about her plans Tuesday afternoon. We will have more from her tonight.
LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WMBB) — Lynn Haven Commissioner Judy Tinder resigned from the commission Tuesday.
She told News 13 Tuesday afternoon that she plans to run for mayor during the municipal election in April.
Tinder sent an email to the Bay County Supervisor of Elections about her decision.
“Please consider this my formal notification that as of today, January 31, 2023, I am vacating my Commissioner, Seat 4 in Lynn Haven,” she wrote.
Tinder is a witness in the federal corruption probe in the city and an outspoken supporter of former Mayor Margo Anderson. She has also frequently been critical of Vickie Gainer, the city’s current city manager. Tinder also called for Lynn Haven Police Chief Ricky Ramie to be fired.
In December it became public knowledge that Ramie sent an insulting text message about Tinder’s partner several years ago. The message came to light as part of the corruption probe.
Tinder was re-elected to the commission in April of last year. The City Commission will likely decide whether or not to appoint a replacement at their next meeting. Officials tell News 13 that the seat could also be decided as part of the upcoming municipal elections in April.