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Former Midway city manager speaks out after being fired

Auburn Ford  hopes to get his job back
Posted at 10:01 PM, Jan 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-04 18:23:31-05

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- Former Midway City Manager Auburn Ford gave us his reaction to being fired less than twenty-four hours ago.

A day after being fired city manager Auburn Ford is spoke to ABC27 in an exclusive interview.

Auburn Ford says "Well I am very disappointed. I was not given a reason for my termination. They said I was not performing duties as city manager."

In a four to three vote at city hall, Mayor Ella Barber and Midway City Council let Ford go after a year and four months on the job.

He was four months into his second contract.

In that time Ford says, using mostly grant money, fire station number 2 is being built, a charter school is set to open in 2014 and a senior citizen center will go up behind city hall.

Ford added, "We did leaps and bounds of things. We did in the last year compared to things that have been done in the last 10 years in the city of Midway."

Ford says since he's come on board the city's crime rate is down more than 40 percent.

Auburn Ford says, "We put more money into the police department, more cars on the street and we got more volunteers to come out and spend time making are streets safe and residents safe."

Councilman Jerrod Horton said by phone he thought Auburn Ford was doing a great job.

 

All the other council members say Mayor Barber told them not to speak to the media.

Ford hopes the council will reconsider and give him his job back.