Midway Police Chief Fired for Insubordination

Midway Police Chief Fired for Insubordination
Posted at 6:15 PM, Mar 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-23 05:56:50-04

MIDWAY, FL (WTXL) -- The Midway police chief is out of a job after the city council voted 4-3 to terminate his contract at a special meeting Tuesday.

Tom Murray was hired as chief in November after serving as interim since July 2016. City manager Auburn Ford said Murray was let go for being "insubordinate."

The former chief has had a testy relationship with Ford.

Murray questioned whether or not Ford, who is a convicted felon, is legally allowed to serve as city manager.

Murray went to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in December about his concerns, but the agency said Ford's felony history does not disqualify him for the position and is not a violation of the city charter.

Ford said Murray consistently tried to make decisions without his knowledge.

Last Tuesday, the city council discussed the relationship between Murray and Ford in a special meeting.

Two days later, Ford received the FDLE's investigative report with Murray and suspended Murray Friday on paid leave.

After Murray returned to work Monday, another special meeting was held yesterday, with the board narrowly deciding to fire him.

The police department will start advertising immediately for a new chief.

An interim hasn't been named. Ford hopes to have a new chief by October.

WTXL spoke to Murray's attorneys over the phone Wednesday. They say they will sue the city, arguing Tuesday's meeting was a "Sunshine Law" violation.