Gadsden County Administrator Terminated

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

UPDATE 04-06-2011 at 5:45 by Jerry Askin

If you walk in the Gadsden County Commission Complex today, you won't see a picture of Johnny Williams hanging on the wall anymore. That's because county commissioners voted 3 -2 Tuesday to terminate his contact--and with it, down came the picture.

Gadsden County Commissioner Brenda Holt says, "We need someone that can bring the county together, to look at funding for programs, to look at bringing jobs to Gadsden County and he had never demonstrated those skills."

Asst. County administrator Arthur Lawson says the Board of County Commissioners recently evaluated Williams' performance - and he scored a 2.6 on a scale of 1 - 5.

Brenda Holt goes on to say, "Looking at the joblessness in the county, ability to bring in grants, and those types of things - he got low ratings for me because of those."

Just a few weeks ago, several Gadsden county residents rallied at the downtown courthouse to get rid of several county management workers including Williams, who they say fired several black county workers based on race.

We did contact Johnny Williams to get his side of the story, he declined to comment, but denied all allegations of firing black county workers based on race.

Gadsden County Commissioner Gene Morgan released this statement to us saying: "There is no solid evidence to prove that Williams fired workers based on their race. Sound voices of reason were drowned out by irrational false accusations."

Morgan also says ,the termination was a poor choice for the county but residents like Antonio Gallaway say it's time for something new.

Gallaway says, "Things need to change and we need to put out folks that ain't doing right and bring those in that will do right."

Arthur Lawson who is now the Assistant County Administrator will be working as the interim county administrator until they find a permanent one.

Stay tuned to WCTV.TV on who will fill the shoes as the next county administrator.
Quincy, Florida - April 6, 2011 -

Gadsden County Administrator Johnny Williams is out of a job. Commissioners voted last night to terminate him.

It's official. Johnny Williams was immediately terminated at last night's commission meeting.

It was a close call however because the Commissioners voted 3-2 to get rid of him. According to Assistant County Administrator Arthur Lawson, the commissioners recently evaluated Williams' performance and he rated a 2.6 out of 5 based on his job performance. Most of the commissioners were not satisfied with his performance and wants the county to go in another direction.

Williams worked as the county administrator for almost two years, but last night they voted not to renew his contract.

Williams recently came under fire after several county employees accused him of firing black workers solely because of their race. That accusation prompted a protest in front the court house a couple of weeks ago, demanding Williams be fired.

Coming up later on Eyewitness News, we'll have reaction from the commissioners and residents about Williams' termination.

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  • by DD on Apr 7, 2011 at 07:45 PM
    I have lived and worked in this county all my 65 years ,,,The last 12 years with the commissioner for the City and the County ,,had beeb the pits.I hate to even tell anyone where I'm from any more ..We have commissioner that can not manage there own afairs let along the city or county business,,all they are after is the check they get ,,,Hey Gov, Scott come over and take them out ..
  • by Janet on Apr 7, 2011 at 07:27 PM
    I'm with banishing Gadsden County altogether.
  • by gravelyconcern Location: S.FL on Apr 7, 2011 at 04:28 PM
    Just as I said - Gadsden County Taxpayers will be paying Mr. Williams (6)months severence pay - When will the lawsuit be filed?
  • by Marvin Location: Gadsden County on Apr 7, 2011 at 02:13 PM
    I am a native of Gadsden County & am ashamed of, and angered by the conduct of almost all of our county officials. Apparently about 95% of these folks (administrators) are at least incompetent if not fully corrupt. I suggest the state remove all elected officials from their positions and start over! I personally have NO confidence in any of thesw people. The majority of our elected officials are concerned with personal gain before the best interest of the county. So sad.
  • by The Taxpay Yours Location: Quincy on Apr 7, 2011 at 01:04 PM
    What? Politicians firing themselves? What a novel concept! I'm all for it....lets start with Obam.......oh, I forgot about the Affirmative Action thingy.
  • by TallyTalksTrash2 on Apr 7, 2011 at 12:05 PM
    Can we just bomb this terrible place and get it over with? State STD rates would go down 50%
  • by TallyTalksTrash2 on Apr 7, 2011 at 11:43 AM
    Gadsden, home of domestic violence, dogfighting, 90% AIDS infection rate, unemployment, illiteracy, bad dental hygiene, bad rest of body hygiene, corruption, and gang fights.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2011 at 01:13 PM in reply to TallyTalksTrash2
      Yes, none of which Tallahassee or Wakulla has?
  • by Lip Cheese on Apr 7, 2011 at 11:36 AM
    I wish they would terminate all of gAIDSden county
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Apr 7, 2011 at 09:46 AM
    This is racism for sure. Needs to be an investigation. Where is the NAAWP when you need them?
  • by Cheryl Location: Florida on Apr 7, 2011 at 09:41 AM
    I think Mr Arthur Lawson should be appointed as the County Manager. I know him and he is a very fair, well educated man that loves Gadsden Co. And I am a white person.
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