PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - Some citizens in Prichard said they're concerned about the direction their new mayor is taking the city, and they're planning a protest to get their message across.
Prichard is a city without a police or fire chief. Both were dismissed recently by Mayor Troy Ephriam, who said he wants to take the city in a new direction.
"We've got crime, people breaking into people's houses is that the new direction? So we'd like to know the new direction, and then if it's a good direction we'll follow," Reverend Norvel Glover said.
Rev. Glover said he was disappointed when the mayor didn't show up for a recent city council meeting. Glover said he'll be at city hall again this week along with a group of protesters.
"I would like to see a lot of people turn out, because this is our city. This don't belong to the mayor and his staff. This belongs to the citizens of Prichard, and if we don't speak up we're going to be in a sad condition," Glover said.
Reverend Glover isn't alone in his concern about public safety in the city.
Ann Holbert believes the lost of two top city officials affects everyone.
"We don't know why he's doing this, but he has put the citizens lives in jeopardy, and the people that he's substituted we don't feel that they're capable of doing what these two men have been doing," Holbert said.
The people we talked with said they've tried to get more information about the new direction the mayor referred to, but they say so far they haven't been able to.
Business owner Cozy Brown plans to be at the protest.
"We hope that it will get the mayor's attention, and that the mayor will consider at least talking to people about the condition and the problems that are happening, and the things that are going on. I mean, give us a reason," Brown said.
The protest is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Prichard Municipal Complex.
FOX10 News also tried to contact the mayor. We were told he wasn't in the office Monday, April 22.
There is another meeting scheduled at 5 p.m. Tuesday night, April 23. The council members for Districts 4 and 5 want to meet with business owners in the city to find out what their concerns are.
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