Communications Director Adam Smith told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay today that Grimes' last official day working with the city was on Sept. 16, and that she is not working in any official role or under any type of contract for the city.
Grimes resigned on Aug. 5 and was helping with the transfer of her role to new City Attorney Andrea Zelman until last month. The city had considered creating a new management role for Grimes to continue working with the city after her resignation as attorney.
"As part of her transition out of legal office, she has been looking into the prospect of the city creating an internal project manager type position to ensure accountability, efficiency, equity, etc. on the multiple major city projects in the works that overlap multiple city departments," Smith wrote via email to CL on Sept. 7. "I know the mayor would love to have Gina in that role, but nothing has been decided."
"She was an outstanding city attorney who would be huge asset to the city," Smith wrote.
When Grimes resigned in August, she said it was mainly because of bureaucratic rules, which require department heads to live within City of Tampa limits. Grimes, appointed to city attorney by Castor in 2019, is currently a resident of Pinellas County and has not lived in Tampa during her time as city attorney.
“Due to personal family circumstances, it is no longer feasible for me to relocate into the City of Tampa,” Grimes wrote in the memo announcing her resignation.
Earlier this year, CL reported that Grimes used her personal cellphone to communicate with an attorney who sued former councilman John Dingfelder out of office, in part, for using a personal email. Grimes declined to represent Dingfelder in the lawsuit.
Grimes also used her personal cell to discuss a property in Tampa city limits with Stephen Michelini, a consultant for developer Jon Lum.
In Grimes' communications with Michelini, information from Oct. 5 texts to Grimes was missing—two days before Grimes said the city would not represent Dingfelder.
When CL asked where the images and PDFs were, the city attorney's office said that's how they appeared on Grime's phone when it was scanned as part of the request made by CL.
Grimes formerly served as chief assistant city attorney and city council attorney for the city from 1985-2004. Before returning to the city in 2019, she worked as a land-use attorney with Hill Ward Henderson.