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Flint's EM Mike Brown fires seven at city hall

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(12/02/11) - Seven people have been let go at Flint City Hall as the emergency manager gets to work re-shaping the administration.

Thursday was the first day on the job for state-appointed Mike Brown. He issued two orders Friday.

In the first, seven people were terminated. Those firings were effective at 5 p.m.

They are:

Greg Eason - City Administrator
Kathleen Sheetz - City Administrator's Executive Secretary
Donna Poplar - Human Resources and Labor Relations Director
Edward Parker - Civil Service Commission Director
Brenda Purifoy - Ombudsman
Rhoda Matthews - Citizens Services Director
Steve Montle - Green City Coordinator

Brown met with them each Friday afternoon.

"One by one. I wanted to do it face-to-face and talk to people and tell them this is nothing personal. We just have a lot of tough things to do," he said.

Mayor Dayne Walling issued this statement, in response to the terminations:

"Gregory Eason's strong record of government reforms and community accomplishments will continue to benefit our community for many years to come. Steve Montle was the driving force behind a number of innovative initiatives to cut costs, create jobs and cleanup the local environment. Rhoda Woods' tireless commitment to the concerns and safety of Flint's citizens made a difference in thousands of families' lives. Donna Poplar brought a superior level of skill and understanding to one of the hardest jobs at City Hall. It was an honor for them to choose to serve with me through very difficult times and, on behalf of the Flint community, I thank them for their service."

The second order issued Friday had to do with pay and benefits for Mayor Dayne Walling and city council members. They have been officially stripped of both.  He can restore both.

"Of course, I will be meeting with (the) mayor and council in terms of their future role and I will make an adjustment at some point," Brown said.

ABC12 has also learned Brown canceled all city council meetings until further notice.

Council President Scott Kincaid said he doesn't necessarily think it's a "bad thing" as Brown continues to evaluate the city's situation.

Both orders are posted and available for viewing on the city of Flint's website, in a special emergency financial manager section.  Click here to read.

Brown says future orders will be posted on the city's website as well.

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