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Midway City Manager fired; future of police chief's job in question

Auburn Ford
Posted at 1:49 PM, Jan 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-04 11:57:05-05

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- While the future of Midway Police Chief Terron Lindsey still hangs in the balance, city council members voted Thursday to fire City Manager Auburn Ford.

City Attorney Henry Hunter confirms to WTXL that Auburn Ford was fired Thursday in a motion proposed by Councilwoman Allean Robinson. Council members voted 4-3 in favor of terminating Ford.

It's not yet clear what persuaded council members to take the action against Ford.

Roosevelt Morris will serve as Interim City Manager.

Ford was hired after council members fired former city manager Agatha Muse-Salters in July of 2011 for a second time.

In May of 2012, a judge dismissed charges against Ford after initially being found guilty by a Gadsden County jury for a misdemeanor assault charge and a felony charge for preventing or obstructing the extinguishment of a fire. Those charges stemming from a 2011 confrontation with firefighters at Fords home in Midway.

Ford's firing is the latest in a series of new issues Midway city council members are dealing with, including deciding the employment fate of Midway Police Chief Terron Lindsey.

Lindsey, who was hired in October 2011, was arrested last month by agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. FDLE agents charge Lindsey with paying a juvenile $5 and candy to pee into a shampoo bottle so Lindsey could use the urine for a pre-employment drug test needed to get the job as Midway Police Chief. Lindsey is also charged by FDLE with using a city-issued gas card to fill up the juvenile's mother's private vehicle.

During Thursday's city council meeting Lindsey say he could not say much, but said "There are two sides to every story." He added that he looks forward to telling his side of the story soon.

Lindsey is the third police chief since the department was restarted in May 2011.