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Supporters vocal for ousted Statesboro City Manager

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Supports of Statesboro City Manager Frank Parker said he was pushed out for personal reasons.

The city council voted on Tuesday to fire him and launch an investigation into reports of open meetings violations. Parker has not commented on the advice of his attorney.

City Councilman Gary Lewis called Parker a longtime friend, and he voted against Parker's termination and said he thought this was a few fellow council members out to get the city manager.

Parker was fired after a 30 minute executive session in a three to two vote. He was a former council member who took over as city manager four years ago when Shayne Haynes was fired in similar fashion.

Mayor Jan Moore said comments Parker made at a department head meeting resulted in his firing, but Parker's  supporters are crying foul as the investigation into the claims have been launched.

"This investigation will determine if there was a violation of the Open Meeting Act by the city manager and council," said Moore.

"You have an honorable man in a den of thieves," said supporter Bill Thomas. "When that honorable man chose to do the right thing and report a violation of the Open Meetings law, yet again, these guys jumped on him like chickens on a June bug."

Bill Cheshire will be the interim city manager if he accepts the job.

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