PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - The new community garden is bringing people together in Prichard, but there are some issues causing division in the city.
Those issues involve the recent firing of two city leaders, but some believe the mayor acted too quickly.
Prichard is still without a police chief and fire chief. The top public safety leaders were fired by Mayor Troy Ephriam.
Local activist Severia Morris is hoping her city is on the road to healing. The mayor acted too quickly in firing the city's police and fire chiefs, according to Morris.
"I would think that he did move too fast, and I really do think that if he had to do it all over again, I don't believe that he would do it the way that he did it," Morris said.
Mayor Ephriam has given no indication he would change his decisions. In fact, the mayor has said more drastic changes may be in store for the city.
District 1 City Council Member Lorenzo Martin has not voiced any criticism of the mayor's decision, but he's hoping the void left by the firings will soon be filled.
"We need a police chief, and we need and have to have a fire chief immediately to run and operate our city appropriately. Agree or disagree, we will be voting, once the mayor presents us with a person that he deems to be suitable for the city of Prichard in the area of police chief and fire chief," Martin said.
Morris is still hoping at least one of the terminated officials can come back.
"To heal this process, I think it should be something worked out between our mayor and Chief Gardner. I believe it's still time for that to happen. I think if that were to happen that would show great leadership in the city," Morris said.
Morris said she believes Mayor Ephriam would act differently if he had to do it over when she spoke to FOX10 News on Saturday.
Former police Chief Jimmie Gardner was fired in December, shortly after Ephriam took office.
Fire Chief Mark Trenier was terminated on April 9.
In both cases, Ephriam said he wanted to move the city in a new direction.
Mayor Ephriam has told FOX10 News he expects to have the police chief vacancy filled soon.
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