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COLLINS FIRED: Newport City Council votes to get rid of city administrator in surprise move


The Newport City Council voted on Tuesday, March 12, to fire City
Administrator Scott Collins effective immediately, 3-2. Seen right to
left are Alderman Kathy Holt, who presented the motion to fire Collins;
Alderman Freddie Gregg; City Attorney Terry Hurst; Newport Mayor
Connie Ball; Vice-Mayor Bill Costner; Alderman Kenny Morgan; and
Alderman John Bugg.
Published: 8:42 AM, 03/14/2013

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Scott Collins, who has been Newport's city administrator for five years, said Wednesday, March 13, that he was "still in a state of shock somewhat" over the motion passed at Tuesday's City Council meeting to fire him.

Newport City Council approved a motion at its regular monthly meeting to terminate Collins' employment effective immediately, by a vote of 3-2.

Voting in favor of Collins' firing were Alderwoman Kathy Holt, who proposed the motion, Alderman Freddie Gregg, and Vice-Mayor Bill Costner.

Voting "no" on the motion to terminate Collins' employment was Alderman Kenny Morgan and Alderman John Bugg.

The move to terminate Collins allegedly caught him by surprise, as it did aldermen Morgan and Bugg, and others present at the meeting.

For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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