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Hinesville city manager removed from job


Hinesville City Manager Billy Edwards has been removed from the job.

Edwards began working for the city as Deputy Clerk in 1978. According to Hinesville's website - where Edwards is still listed as city manager - his 30 plus years of experience include working as a personnel director and liaison.

Last week, city council accepted a negotiated severance package with Edwards and voted for his removal. Tuesday night, we heard from the interim city manager about where the town goes from here.

"Right now, the number one priority as I see it is to provide a balanced budget to the mayor and council. We are in the middle of preparing our budget 2018," said Interim City Manager, Kenneth Howard. 

Howard is taking over from his previous role as assistant city manager, a role he has held since 1995. He says the experience definitely gives him an advantage.

"That puts me in a unique situation where I feel that I'm prepared to do the job, and as a result, over the last six weeks or so, we have really been working together to keep the city moving forward," Howard said. 

Howard could not give us any specifics about what led to Edwards' removal. He says Hinesville has six months to permanently fill the position of city manager.

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