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.