After interviewing three city manager candidates, City Commissioner Scott Maddox, who is the focus of a federal corruption investigation, made a motion to hire current interim city manager Reese Goad and the permanent city manager. City Commissioner Curtis Richardson seconded the motion. Mayor Andrew Gillum also supported Goad.
The final vote was 4-1.
The final vote to hire Goad comes after the city commission changed their mind about waiting until after the elections. Two city commissioners and Mayor Gillum will not be returning.
The change was the subject of many rumors about insider dealings by individuals who wanted to keep Goad in place so that the “status quo” could be maintained. Goad was an assistant city manager to City Manager Rick Fernandez who was forced out over alleged ethics violations.
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