City commissioners say Chad Shryock gave bad information on costs of police, fire departments.


Published: Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 1:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 1:50 p.m.

The Hawthorne City Commission has given City Manager Chad Shryock notice that it intends to fire him.

The commission also announced that it will try to raise water, sewer and garbage rates.

Shryock came under fire in October because of financial difficulties stemming from the creation of police and fire departments that led to a budget deficit of $65,700.

Mayor DeLoris Roberts said in press release Wednesday that changes are needed in Hawthorne.

"We have given [Shryock] notice with the intent to remove him as our city manager. We would like to thank Mr. Shryock for his past service and wish him success in his future endeavors," Roberts said. "Even after budget cuts, our efforts to balance the city's budget have revealed a necessity to raise the water, sewer and garbage rates. Our financial consultant and the Mayor's Advisory Panel have recognized the need for an increase."

Several commissioners and residents said in October that Shryock gave the city inaccurate information leading to the creation of police and fire departments.

Commissioners blamed themselves as well for not exploring the potential costs of the departments more fully before starting them in the past two years.

The city recently disbanded the police department because it was looking at an estimated deficit of about $200,000 at the end of the fiscal year in September if it kept the agency.

Hearings on the water, sewer and garbage rate increases will be held in February. The rates have not been raised since 1998.

Contact Cindy Swirko at 374-5024 or at<0x000A>swirkoc@gvillesun.com.

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