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WITN EXCLUSIVE: Fired City Manager Speaks Out

The fired Jacksonville city manager says he is frustrated by his dismissal last week.

Kristoff Bauer spoke out for the first time Thursday to WITN News. "To have this come in the middle of trying to accomplish so many things is truly frustrating," the former city manager said.

Bauer was fired on a split 4-2 vote after more than three years leading Jacksonville government.

Bauer says he disagrees with the council members who fired him, saying this was a long consideration and not an overnight decision.

While at least one member of council said they voted the city manager out because he tried to control council, Bauer says he's still searching for a definitive reason for his termination. "I'm comfortable letting the record stand for itself. I think if you take a look at what we did accomplish, I think there were goals and difficult things that challenged us, and we have accomplished them."

Now Bauer says he's focusing on finding a new job in these tough economic times. "We've been working for years to put down roots in the community, really I expected to be here for a good long time," Bauer told WITN.

Bauer will recieve 9 months severance pay. He said he is already applying for jobs outside of the area.


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