High Springs Residents Voice Concerns At Meeting
More than 60 residents packed city hall Thursday night in High Springs to voice either their frustration, or support over the city's handling of it's now-former police chief.
While the issues surrounding Chief Steve Holley's firing were not on Thursday night's City Commission agenda. many residents got up during the public comment portion of the meeting to ask city leaders why they were not honest with citizens, after initially claiming the chief decided to take a leave of absence on his own, when in reality, City Manager Ed Booth asked him to step down.
City Attorney Scott Walker told residents the city decided to terminate Chief Holley after he never returned to work when he was told to. Walker wouldn't allow commissioners to comment any further citing pending litigation over the matter.
Meanwhile, the issue of dissolving the city's 911 dispatch center did come up after commissioner Bob Barnas made a motion to place the issue on this November's ballot, but the motion died after it did not receive a second.
There's no word yet on when the city will continue discussing plans to reorganize the police department.
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