Spence-Jones Holds Her Own Swearing In Ceremony

Spence-Jones was cleared of criminal charges earlier this year

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    Suspended commissioner returns to Miami City Hall amid budget, employee squabbles.

    Michelle Spence-Jones has been back in a office for a week, but she put on a rousing public show Thursday to announce that she was back at Miami City Hall.

    The formerly suspended city commissioner held a swearing in ceremony at Charles Hadley Park in front of hundreds of supporters that included a church choir and a host of local elected officials.

    Spence-Jones Back in Office

    [MI] Spence-Jones Back in Office
    Michelle Spence-Jones has been cleared to return to Miami City Hall.

    "Today I stand here stronger, wiser, a better public servant, ready to serve the underserved by making sure they receive their fair share of the goods and services from the City of Miami,” Spence-Jones said.

    Spence-Jones was allowed back in her District 5 seat after being acquitted of bribery charges earlier this year and then having theft charges against her dismissed last month.

    Spence-Jones Off the Hook

    [MI] Spence-Jones Off the Hook
    Suspended Miami City Commissioner is acquitted of bribery.

    She returned to her City Hall office last week, ending Richard Dunn's time as her replacement. Spence-Jones had been suspended while she fought the criminal charges.

    During the 90-minute ceremony, Spence-Jones thanked Dunn for his work while she was away and thanked her supporters for sticking behind her.

    The entire city commission, including Mayor Tomas Regalado, attended the event.