On Sept. 20, the City of Riviera Beach fired City Manager Jonathan Evans with cause in a 3-2 vote. This decision took place during a regularly scheduled budget meeting after council member Terrence Davis filed a motion to have Evans removed. Evans had only been on the job for six months.
After the firing, Evans had no comment, but on Sept. 23, Evans released an official statement via Twitter.
The statement opens with:
I want to take the opportunity to thank all of those I work with and those who believed in me during my tenure at Riviera Beach. I truly enjoyed our time together, but more importantly I enjoyed our steadfast commitment to public service. I want you to know that my success is not because of ‘me’ but because of ‘we’—the sum is always greater than the individual parts.
Evans goes on to say that he hopes those who meant to bring him personal harm find the inner peace that they are looking for. He then asks the public to “please do not begrudge, demean or belittle those who voted to separate me from the organization as they have the right to do so whether we agree or not.”
Read Evans’ full statement below.
— Jonathan Evans (@_JonathanEvans_) September 23, 2017
Evans continued to prove his commitment to Riviera Beach when he showed up to the city’s free community concert the day after his firing.
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