PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - Some Prichard city council members were surprised to learned the city's fire chief had been fired.
The Prichard Public Safety Committee met at City Hall Wednesday, and all three council members on the committee said they found out about the firing around the same time as the former Fire Chief who was let go Tuesday.
"I just got the information on yesterday. And right now I don't know the in dept of it, what's going on with it. I haven't got no other further information but that he had been terminated from the city. So it was a surprise to you? Yes it was," George McCall said.
Council Member McCall said he wasn't aware there was a problem with former Fire Chief Mark Trenier.
Committee Chairman Ossia Edwards said she received the same email as the other council members
"Out of respect it would have been nice to know that, but when you talk about personnel employees, you know the administration, it gives the mayor the authority, but in order for us to be aware to be able to ask questions like the such has the one you asked me it would have been good to know," Edwards said.
Council Member Lorenzo Martin is looking for more of an explanation from the mayor on the firing.
"I was hoping on today we would get a briefing. Hopefully, on tomorrow we will about what's going on, what's the status of or fire chief, and what's the situation as far as the firing," Martin said.
It's not just some city council members who have some questions about the firing. Some citizens say they want to know what's going on too.
Essie Johnson is with the Concerned Citizens of Prichard. She's worried the firing of two top city officials could have a negative backlash on the city.
"Public safety has really been an issue in Prichard for a long time. And, the incidents about the shootings this past weekend has been a big issue, and there's been lots of fires in the area. So all of these are concerns for the citizens of Prichard and Eight Mile," Johnson said.
Mayor Troy Ephriam told Fox Ten News Tuesday he wants to take the city in a new direction, and he indicated that could include more shake-ups down the road.
The city council members are hoping to get more information on the firing at Thursday's city council meeting.
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