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Ouster of town public works chief draws fire

SoVaNow.com / January 30, 2019




The head of Chase City’s Public Works Department is out, and his abrupt departure has left many in the town wondering why. Jeff Gurley’s last day on the job was Jan. 17.

Gurley served as the head of the department for nearly 10 years.

Residents took to social media on Friday to praise Gurley and his work on behalf of the town once news leaked out that he was relieved of his position. More than one commenter said a petition in support of Gurley should be to be circulated around town and presented to Town Council at their meeting in February, while others were calling for town leaders to explain the reason for his termination.

Chase City ordinances vest the authority to hire and fire town employees with the Town Manager and provides that department heads, such as the police chief, town manager and head of public works are “at will employees,” who can be discharged either with or without cause.

Town Manager Angela Lawrence said she could not discuss the matter as it is a personnel issue, but she did confirm that Chase City is not presently looking to fill Gurley’s position. For now, she has assumed oversight of the work by department employees, which includes trash pickup, road maintenance, operation of the town shop, and repairs to water and sewer lines, among other services.



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He is a local good ole boy which makes him hard to touch. However, anyone with an ounce of awareness knows this guy milked the city for years, sat around, did nothing but collected a paycheck.

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Lived in Chase City 1977-1981 and was morning personality at once WMEK. Town government had a "Good Ol' Boy's" mentality. Chase Cityites deserve a mayor and council that is transparent, accountability and ethics. Residents have a right to know what transpired. Stop the games and show accountability!


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