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8/23/05-Jacksonville

Controversial Votes Divide Jacksonville City Council

Mayor Robert Haberle says he was just as stunned to hear when City Manager Bill Tackett was being pushed out of office...literally.

"I got a call yesterday morning from the city manager to 'come to my office they're making me clean out my desk,'" says Mayor Haberle. Later that night city council brought Tackett's two-year stint as Jacksonville City Manager to an end. District 1 Councilman Hubert Robinson voted to accept Tackett's resignation, along with District 2 Councilman Jeff Smith. District 3 Councilman Kenneth Melvin denied his request. District 4 Councilman Floyd Stiefer accepted. And the Mayor was opposed. The resignation passed in a 3-2 decision.

As the city manager's office sits vacant, it's a wonder Tackett lasted as long as he did. The Mayor says prior to all this, the City of Jacksonville has gone through five city managers in the last five years. The pot was stirred when Tackett hired a security expert to recommend needed changes to the Jacksonville Police Department; a move the Mayor says was not welcomed by police. But Councilman Robinson feels there's more, saying it's in the best interest of the city Tackett is gone.

KLTV 7 Reporter Christine Nelson asks, "Could everybody not get along?" "That had something to do with it too," says Robinson. "I mean they had their differences. It was that they couldn't work it out." As the city moves forward, the biggest losers could be the citizens of Jacksonville, with the loss of yet another city manager.

The city is working to put an interim city manager in place before an official search to find a permanent replacement.

Christine Nelson, reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

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