"I have never fired an employee that it wasn't justified. And that it wasn't in the best interest of those I served. I try to treat everybody the same."
Try harder, Mayor!
He just got elected and took office this year! 2014! 4 months ago! How many employees has he fired in that brief time?
I asked that very same thing aloud! I figure he was probably a used-car salesman or something, dragging his private-sector human resource history into his public one.
EDIT: Okay, not a used-car salesman. But I was close!
How many employees does an auctioneer need?
I wondered if he was really referring to private employees he's fired, prior to becoming Mayor. But those are 2 different things.
Public employees tend to have degrees of tenure protection that private employees do not. The reason isn't evil unionism, as Republicans would assert, since most city employees in a small town aren't unionized. And seldom a Police Chief.
Rather, it's to prevent wholesale firings, every time a new regime is voted into office. Public employees would have no job security if they could be summarily fired every time a new Mayor took office. And then he or she would appoint political cronies to the vacancies.
You'd lose qualified & experienced people, replaced by a different band of political hacks at every election. And so many towns have procedures in place that require a firing be for cause, and be subject to some kind of review process outside the control of 1 person, like a Mayor.
That's one of the things that may have been violated here.