Council approves resolution to terminate Jax Beach city attorney accused of sex crime

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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – During a special meeting Wednesday evening, the Jacksonville Beach City Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution to terminate the city attorney who was recently accused of a sex crime.

Christopher Ambrosio, 48, was arrested by the Atlantic Beach Police Department on a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation of a minor.

Adopting the resolution starts the process to eliminate Ambrosio from his position. He has the right to reply to the resolution, and if requested, the Council will fix a time for a public hearing.

Removal will not occur until adoption of a final resolution for termination by a super majority vote, which won’t happen for at least 30 days from Ambrosio’s receipt of notice of the initial resolution for termination. Notably, Ambrosio is suspended from official duties.

Council also approved termination of Ambrosio’s additional pay, which is effective April 1. It also approved termination of the attorney’s health, dental, vision and life insurance benefits, which is effective June 1.