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Statesboro Mayor, city council terminates city manager

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore and Statesboro City Council have terminated Statesboro City Manager Frank Parker effective immediately due to a violation of the Georgia Open Meetings Act.

Moore said it all began with a meeting on Thursday where Parker made comments which are now leading to an investigation into an Open Meetings Law violation.

City council called a special meeting on Tuesday and went into an executive session for 30 minutes. When the council came out, it announced the working relationship with Parker couldn't continue after comments were made in a department meeting.

Parker said this was something he was not happy about, but was advised by his attorney not to comment.

Moore said it wasn't something they wanted to do, but it was something they had to do.

"I don't think anyone wants to terminate a valued employee," said Moore. "Frank Parker was a valued employee. He gave a lot of his time and effort and heart and soul to the city of Statesboro. But an implication of impropriety where the law is concerned as it involves open meeting is something that cannot be taken lightly, nor will it. We are charged by the public to do the public's business in public."  

An investigation from the state's Attorney General's Office may be sought due to comments Parker made at a department head meeting.

The city council voted three to two in favor of Parker's termination.

Robert Cheshire has been named the interim city manager.

The city council has also approved an independent council to conduct an investigation.

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