QUINCY, Fla. (WTXL) — Leaders in the City of Quincy passed a motion to terminate City Manager Jack McLean's contract in a 3 to 2 vote Tuesday evening.
The vote comes after McLean filed a lawsuit against the city after a vote last week to stop hiring new employees and raising pay unless approved by the commission.
Community members and the commission spoke out on Tuesday night in a heated debate over the future of the city.
Commissioners Dowdell, Harris, and Canidate voted yes to terminate the city manager while Commissioners Prieto and Sapp voted no.
Prieto questioned what the plans are next following the termination and how much will it cost the people of Quincy.
"We don’t have a game plan we’re starting a brand new year we have all these grants all these things just bringing somebody new off the streets."
Mayor Harris cited subsection two of the city manager's contract that either party can terminate the contract with advance notice of 30 days. Other than that, there was no other reasoning behind the contract termination that came out at tonight's special meeting. Harris says it's within their right to end it.
"But in terms of the contract as is this commission has not given any reason we have not given any redemptive reason for the termination but going back to section two of the contract."
Quincy City Attorney, Gary Roberts, talked about all the consequences that can come from the contract termination by raising the point if this was done out of retaliation to Jack McLean's lawsuit.
Later this week the commission plans to have an emergency executive session requested by the city attorney to address that pending lawsuit from McLean.