Hawthorne's City Manager Fired
Emotions ran high among residents at Hawthorne's City Hall tonight, and their responses were mixed when it came to getting rid of the city manager.
Hawthorne commissioners voted to fire city manager Chad Shryock, and the main complaint was that he spent more money than the city had-- contributing to Hawthorne's hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt.
"My recommendation...would be to terminate for cause," Mayor Deloris Roberts said.
Shryock offered to resign back in November... but the commission never acted on it.
Today Mayor Deloris Roberts released a statement with nine complaints against Shryock, one of them being that he led the city to establish the police and fire departments, which the city could not afford.
Earlier this month the commissioners voted to disband the police department to save money... and Shryock will be the next to leave.
We need to just cut our losses and put this behind us
The mayor had other reasons for wanting Shryock out-- She says he did not keep regular business hours and didn't back-up the city's records on the city laptop, among other things.
But commissioners had their own reasons for wanting him gone.
"Mr. Shryock showed us a whole lot of disrespect," Commissioner Mike Rutledge said.
Some citizens say they don't think Shryock did anything wrong with the finances and that he actually helped the city with its problems.
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