Fired city manager to appeal

By FRED LUCAS State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Bob Elliott, ousted as city manager this week, said he is unsure why the City Commission abruptly fired him without warning, but hopes to find out when he appeals the decision.

Elliott was part of a Monday night massacre of sorts in which the commission also fired two other city officials without giving any specific reasons.

"My commitment was 200 percent to Frankfort," Elliott said. "I was honored to be the city manager of Frankfort. I wanted to be an effective team member with the board."

For Elliott, hired last August, there were four vague reasons outlined that Elliott said he was never made aware of prior to the commission's decision. The two other employees - Personnel Director Brenda Kersey and Purchasing Director Jim Nichols - were given no reasons for their firings.

Under Kentucky law, a city manager that is fired may request a public hearing to be held no earlier than 20 days after the request and no later than 30 days after. Under the commission resolution, Elliott is on paid suspension until May 9, when he is officially terminated barring any changes at a public hearing on the appeal.

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