In a 3-2 vote on Wednesday, Sept. 20, the City of Riviera Beach fired City Manager Jonathan Evans after only six months on the job. In what was to be a standard budget meeting, reports say Councilman Terence Davis filed a motion to have Evans removed with cause. Davis, however, did not state the specifics of his motion filing. Instead, he said “his job is to protect the city not the city manager.”
Council members Kashamba Miller-Anderson and Tonya Davis Johnson both voted against firing Evans. Evans had no comment after the decision. Evan’s Twitter feed reads that he is “sad, but humbled to have served.”
Riviera Beach city council fires City Manager Jonathan Evans by a 3-2 vote. Sad, but humbled to have served. https://t.co/7r6QvIlCiL
— Jonathan Evans (@_JonathanEvans_) September 21, 2017
Troy Perry will serve as the interim City Manager for Riviera Beach.
This shocking news follows an Aug. 28 Special Meeting called by the city council to discuss mold issues found in several city buildings. Residents turned out in droves to this meeting, rallying in favor of keeping Evans as the city manager. The turnout for this special meeting was particularly large after residents had received an anonymous flyer with a headline that read: ‘Did You Know There Is A Conspiracy To Fire The City Manager?’
During this special meeting, Mayor Thomas Masters called Evans “competent” and asked for a vote of confidence in support of Evans, but the council declined to bring it to vote.
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