Odessa Officials Speak Out on City Manager Firing

Former City Manager Richard Morton was Fired this Tuesday

ODESSA, Texas (Local 2/Fox 24) - After a heated city council meeting Tuesday night, the former City Manager Richard Morton has been fired. The move has caused surprise and uproar in parts of the Odessa community.

"I knew that he was put on the executive session. So I had an idea that something was coming, but I didn't know that was going to happen," says David Turner, the mayor of Odessa.

The mayor spoke Wednesday afternoon, pointing out that there had been problems between Morton and other city council members in the past.

"I know that there was some disagreements between them, but you are really going to have to talk to them, to find out exactly what their feelings were," says Turner.

As for community concern, Turner emphasized that the council members who fired Morton, were voted in.

"They serve at the will of the people. That's why votes matter," says Turner. "That's why when you go to the polls it matters, whether you like them or whether you don't."

The firing of Morton has also caused concern around the city. Many residents are worrying on how it could affect multiple downtown projects. Current Deputy City Manager Michael Marrero says that everything is going to be fine.

"We have 900 employees that are dedicated to their job. Who will do what it takes to make this city succeed," says Marrero. "You know I've worked for the city for 20 years. I love what I do, and I am prepared to serve in any capacity that they city council wants me to serve in."

We have reached out to former City Manager Richard Morton, however he currently will not comment on the situation. City Council will be appointing an interim city manager in a future budget meeting.


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