Midway city manager Auburn Ford has reorganized governmental departments and staffing, asking seven employees for their resignations so he could re-evaluate their positions. Among those who offered resignations were finance administrator Angela Goldwire, growth management director Roosevelt Morris, interim police chief Jerome Turner, police captain Tom Murray, fire chief Frank Robinson, and deputy fire chief Anthony Pridemore.
Ford said he accepted three of the resignations and rejected the others. Assistant police chief Laura Griffin quit, he said. Those whose resignations were accepted were Frank Robinson, Anthony Pridemore and Roosevelt Morris. Retaining their positions are Angela Goldwire, Jerome Turner, and Tom Murray.
“I (reorganized) because of our financial situation. A portion of the duties of growth management is already contracted out, such as the building inspector. I’ll contract the other duties out as well,” said Ford about why he got rid of the growth management department.
Ford said that Roosevelt Morris did not have the proper licensing to lead the growth management department, and that the others were let go because of differing management styles. He put Tom Murray as interim fire chief and Cornelius Hall as interim deputy fire chief.
Midway operates under rules that the day-to-day operations are to be dealt with by the city manager. Ford said he hoped that these staff changes would calm the internal strife that has held Midway in disarray.
The reorganization took place on Thursday, May 9th. Ford said he is also bringing on Howard Smith as fire consultant. Smith recently retired after many years as Quincy fire chief.