PCB Councilmen Apologize for Reaction to Mayor's Controversial Comments

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - It's been two weeks since Panama City Beach Mayor, Mike Thomas, made the controversial comments that led some residents to call for his resignation.

Thursday evening, the city council met for the first time since the controversy.
During a budget workshop on July 26, Police Chief Drew Whitman was requesting that the city hire an extra 911 dispatcher because of the amount he pays in overtime for dispatchers who are either sick or on maternity leave.

Mayor Thomas then responded and said the police chief should not hire people who are fat, who smoke, or who are going to get pregnant.

Other city council members laughed at the mayor's comments.

At the meeting, councilmen Hector Solis and Geoff McConnell apologized for their reactions.

"I would like to apologize to the residents of this city," McConnell said. "I'd like to apologize to the police chief and his staff."

"If there was any offense to my reaction, which was a poor reaction, I apologize for that," Solis said.

During public comment, one member of the audience asked Mayor Mike Thomas to resign.

Mayor Thomas did not respond.

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