- Tony Doris Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
A circuit court judge Tuesday gave the City of Riviera Beach 24 hours to respond to a request for documents that Councilman Terence Davis said spell out the reasons for City Manager Jonathan Evans’ firing in September.
In response to legal action by Riviera resident Tradrick McCoy, Judge Peter Blanc at 4:25 p.m. ordered the city to respond to McCoy’s public information demand for “the documentation and information” that Davis publicly said supported the firing.
Evans, who had been city manager for just six months, was fired by a 3-2 vote of the city council on Sept. 20.
Davis alleged the popular manager had committed “misfeasance” but refused to specify. Without discussion, council members Lynne Hubbard and Dawn Pardo joined him in voting to fire Evans.
The city has been in an uproar since, with the council chair attempting unsuccessfully to urge them to reverse their votes, or to bring Evans back as interim manager while the city seeks a full-time replacement.
McCoy said Tuesday after the ruling that he was “cautiously optimistic as to whether they will produce that information.”
The three who voted against Evans have given vague indications of the reasons for their actions but have said they were under city attorney advice not to disclose why they acted. Evans’ attorney is in settlement talks with the city.
“This is important, because it gives everybody in Riviera Beach, all the residents, closure as to why the city manager was terminated,” McCoy said. “It promotes transparency and openness in government.”