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Elliot Cohen no longer West Palm Beach spokesman; remains employed by the city

Embattled West Palm Beach city spokesman Elliot Cohen is stepping down as public spokesman but will remain employed.

The announcement was made late Monday afternoon just one week after Cohen faced intense backlash after confidential police emails were posted on the city's public website.

A news release from the mayor’s office said,  "both Elliot and I agree the current media climate has affected his ability to fulfill that role, while it was not his responsibility to review or redact the information handed to him, media attention has nevertheless focused on him."

Cohen has been the city spokesman since 2012 but over the last few weeks he has made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

He first inaccurately reported on the city's broken city surveillance system.

And then last week the emails Cohen posted on the city's website contained secret police information, including the names of undercover officers and confidential informants. Cohen said he didn’t know the information was on the emails.

The link to those records was clicked on at least 5,000 times

The debacle has now forced the city to change the way it handles public records.

Cohen, notorious for being an aggressive gatekeeper for the city, will remain with the mayor's communication team but will no longer speak publicly for the city.
That role now goes to the city's top administrator and department heads.

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