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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  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jun 18, 2009 at 10:17 PM
    Concerned Citizen, he did not work like "most" people have to work. He is a politician, they are at the mercy of the people. A Sheriff can do a good job and basically get "fired" in 4 years at re-election time. This guy required votes from thee council which would be his "voters". Working in politics is a different monster, luckily most of us do not have to worry about things like this or as you said, a bunch would be unemployed due to personal conflicts.
  • by antoneo on Jun 18, 2009 at 08:40 PM
    Well I guess the council may answer at the next elections. Vote someone new.
  • by bill Location: jacksonville on Jun 18, 2009 at 07:19 PM
    kristoff wanted to get fired. he already has another job lined up and will be getting paid over the next few months. he wasnt that great of a city manager anyways
  • by B Location: NC on Jun 18, 2009 at 05:19 PM
    "While at least one member of council said they voted the city manager out because he tried to control council..." In other words, Bauer tried to make them do what they are paid to do and they didn't want to put the work in...go figure!
  • by concerned citizen Location: north carolina on Jun 18, 2009 at 04:03 PM
    I am deeply concerned when we can fire someone for personality reasons. If this is a good enough reason a whole bunch of us would be unemployed. This man was doing a good job. How do you justify this within youself. This is just another communist plot by so called Americans.
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