Phoenix, Ore. – The City of Phoenix has fired its city manager.
Jamie McLeod was hired in October.
Before coming to Phoenix, she worked for 11 years in planning positions in the Santa Clara area.
On Wednesday night, the council voted 3-2 to terminate McLeod.
Some residents were visibly angry after the vote.
“Jamie… we were blessed to have you… this is ridiculous,” a Phoenix resident said after the decision was made.
Tensions were high Wednesday night after a majority of the Phoenix City Council voted to fire City Manager Jamie McLeod.
It’s a decision that left many residents concerned for the future of the city.
“I’m just one person that’s upset. There’s a whole slew of people here that’s upset,” Phoenix resident Judy Grillo said.
According to some members of the council, there was a lack of clear direction and leadership from the city manager.
McLeod says she thinks there are financial and HR issues with the city and believes it’s her ethical standards that put her job at risk.
“I remember telling my partner I would be willing to fall on a sword for ethics and I did that sometimes and I think it came back to ultimately cost me my job,” McLeod said.
Some members of the council like Sarah Westover wanted to consider a mediation process, but the president of the council said their timeline was too short.
He thinks the issues discussed Wednesday night should have been dealt with sooner.
However, McLeod says she’s leaving with her head held high.
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