Gainesville City Commission to look into City Manager's job

GAINESVILLE, Fla.(WCJB)-- The Gainesville City Commission is set to look into the job being done by City Manager Anthony Lyons. Late in Thursday night's meeting commissioners approved a proposal made by Commissioner Gail Johnson.

"This is an opportunity for us to have a discussion together in the sunshine about the concerns in the community," Johnson said.

The purpose of the proposal is to look into the city manager's role in personnel issues including alleged forced resignations and prohibitive hiring practices.

Although Mayor Lauren Poe ended up voting in favor of the motion, he says people who don't have the best interest of the city could take advantage of a meeting like this.

"I do believe it's getting into dangerous territory where we as commissioners start taking an active role in management responsibilities,” Poe said.

Commissioner Gigi Simmons says residents should be able to have a voice.

"We've all heard instances where employee morale is down, we've all heard or seen where people are leaving and you cannot keep your head in the sand,"

Last month Assistant City Manager Fred Murray submitted his letter of resignation to Lyons.

In August City Spokesman Bob Woods resigned after holding his position after several years.

Commissioner Harvey Ward did not vote in support of Johnson's motion saying a "more orderly process" should be set.

Commissioner Adrian Hayes-Santos also voted in dissent.

"One of the reasons why I don't want to have this conversation in the public if that I don't want to air the dirty laundry that people have left the city and reasons why,” Adrian Hayes-Santos said.

WCJB TV20 has calls and emails out to Commissioner Gail Johnson and City Manager Anthony Lyons.

If you'd like to watch the commission's full conversation on the topic, the video is attached to this article and can be found 7 hrs and 18 min into the video.

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