"An opportunity presented itself and he has to make decisions that are in the best interest of his family.". I know that there is rampant speculation about my decision to resign as... 10 News requested the body camera footage in question and other emails between the police chief and the city manager, as well as other internal notes. 859 292-2174 (desk) Communications Manager: Edwards, Dave: Community Services: 859-292-2134: Part-Time Code Enf. If you have any questions please contact the Covington Code Compliance Department via email: codecompliance@covingtontn.com, phone: (901) 476-7191 ext. Sibold said Tuesday night. After what became of one of his final city meetings Tuesday, two days before his resignation, 10 News asked Douglas about Morgan's resignation and Douglas said he and Morgan were on good terms. Shayne Dwyer is an award-winning journalist and a member of the 10 News team since May 2018. Douglas chose to leave on his own and said that his contract requires a severance package equal to five months of salary for this action and that he'd like an extra three months salary on top of that. Councilman Josh McKelvey followed up her final comments and thanked the council for the "months of effort" that was put into the search for the next city manager. Douglas' role in Chief Morgan's resignation may be the most damning. The City Manager reports to the Elected Officials and city employees report to the City Manager. The Community Development Department works each day to make the City of Covington a desirable place to live, work, visit and do business. Andrews was chosen from about 70 applicants. These include: The Elected Officials enact policies and ordinances. Covington City Council meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm for work sessions and the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm for regular meetings. Morgan accepted a job as chief of the Mount Rainier, Maryland Police Department. According to Virginia law, seven days is the maximum allowed time to produce the records before requesting an extension. In January 2003, the City of Covington was one of 10 cities to be awarded the 2003 City of Excellence Award, presented by the Georgia Municipal Association and Georgia Trend Magazine. "I think everybody deserves a chance, and certainly, if the shoe was on the other foot and it was me in that position, I would like somebody to give me a chance. However, if a majority of the City Council requests and accepts my resignation, then I am providing it effective Friday, February 1st. "It's nothing right now, we're, you know, we're working with him and talking to him and working through this making sure everything was handled right, we'll go from there." This time however, the council had no chances left to give. 770-385-2060. questions@cityofcovington.org. City Council is the governing body that makes policies for the proper administration of […] The Safety / Risk Department ensures a drug free workplace and responds to accidents involving employees and city owned equipment. Despite Sibold saying it was nothing, Douglas cited the same day as that interview as the day he was informed he'd need to resign or be fired. "We would like to think that everyone would support our decision," Councilman Kenneth Morgan said. "We were disappointed to see him leave, I don't think it's fair to say something fell apart," Douglas said Tuesday night. Then again, later in the interivew, 10 News asked him if he'd ever been asked to do anything unethical. Responsible for everything from light bulbs to moving walls, Facilities Maintenance handles the maintenance and repair of all city structures, including City Hall. "I never take anything lightly. So that's why I was excited about him, and he stood out big time to me.". City Manager. The news comes just two days after Covington Police Chief Anthony Morgan Jr. submitted his resignation after about a year on the job. I think sometimes we need innovation, new ideas, new thinking, how can we do this differently? Please see below for the City of Covington Candidate Sign Regulations. It was evident that each member of the council had put ample thought into this decision. The City of Covington 2194 Emory Street NW Covington, GA 30014. "I think the answer tonight was the best option as far as a unified council and a unified city moving forward, so I thought it was a good decision. Dear Mayor and Members of the Covington City Council. WATCH: COVINGTON CITY MANAGER TOLD QUIT OR BE FIRED. "I think his energy, his leadership ability and to be honest with you, his youth. City Manager's Office, Marketing & Communications: 859-206-5055 (cell, and preferred). Letter to the Community from Chief Morgan: It is my full intent and desire to remain as your City Manager and continue the positive work that has been accomplished over the past few years, and if it is the desire of a majority of City Council, I agree to remain in my position. Whether it was because of the incident with the neighbor, or a culmination of differnt issues, Douglas is now out of a job and Morgan has elected to leave his position as police chief.