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Fired city staffer takes former bosses to task

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By Robert Allen

Cynthia Shingles asked Mike Wade, interim city manager, and the city commissioners to explain why her employment with the city was suddenly terminated on June 12. 

She spoke at the regular June 24 commission meeting during time for public comment. 

“Previous executive assistants have never been terminated due to new administration and your ‘change in direction,’” said Shingles. “I’m not even a director. I don’t do budgets. I don’t supervise people. But I was terminated. Is it personal?”

Shingles had been serving as an executive assistant for Interim City Manager Mike Wade. Before Wade, Shingles functioned in the same capacity, serving the city as an executive assistant for the previous city manager, Jack McLean. 

Shingles told the commission and audience Wade never met or consulted with her since he accepted the role of interim city manager. She also explained that many of her former responsibilities had been systematically dispersed to other offices. 

Wade did not respond to this 

statement. 

Shingles also said mail previously delivered to the city manager’s office was now being redirected — away from her office — to the utilities department, including items requiring Wade’s signature. 

“That’s untrue,” said Wade. “It didn’t go over there.”

Shingles disagreed. 

“Mr. Wade, I saw them in the utilities director’s box,” she said “I contacted the staff that put them there.”

Wade did not respond further to this. 

After Shingles spoke, applause broke out for a moment before Mayor Derrick Elias called for the next speaker.