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Midway makes sweeping changes, 3 out of a job

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Posted at 6:52 PM, May 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-09 15:35:02-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--Midway City Manager makes sweeping changes to department heads in office. Three of their top leaders are now without a job.

"As a citizen here, I do not want to see this city continue in the path that its going," said David Gaines.

A resident of Midway for 59 years, David Gaines says it's time for city leaders to start making some changes.

"It seems that its been a continuation of misappropriations, spending, unaccounted funds, unanswered questions," said David Gaines.

Gaines like many other Midway residents say they're fed up.

Back on the job for one week, reinstated city manager Auburn Ford is looking to make changes as well.

He asked for the resignation of all 7 department heads, including fire chief, police chief, and other top city employees. The end result, Fire Chief Frank Robinson, Deputy Fire Chief Anthony Pridemore, and Assistant City Manager Roosevelt Morris are now out of a job. Ford kept the rest of the seven in office.

Ford released this statement Thursday afternoon: "This is industry practice. I'm asking every director and division heads of departments of the city to submit a letter of resignation. I am evaluating my management team and looking forward to keeping and hiring the best and brightest individuals that will move Midway forward, but no one has been fired."

While Ford's move is getting mixed reviews Gaines says he believes something must be done soon.

"Until we've gotten the right people in place and people to check and balance what goes on here in this city.

I would like to see a government that has something to offer everyone, a government that's efficient and a one that's fair," said David Gaines.

Midway City Manager makes sweeping changes to department heads in office. Three of their top leaders are now without a job.