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Utility director booted after half-century of service

January 7, 2005

Sylvester-- Ousted Sylvester Utilities Superintendent Charles Jones says his firing should have been handled better.

The 72 year-old Jones worked for the city's Utility Department for 55-years, but Thursday, the city manager and Mayor gave him a letter saying the city accepts his retirement.

But Jones never asked to leave, and he says the city wouldn't tell him why they wanted him gone. "After fifty-four years, I'd have liked to go out in a more manly way than just being kicked out, and I feel like that's what happened to me."

City Manager Danny Lucas says the city council wasn't confident in Jones. "Things are evaluated day to day. It was time for a change," he said.

Two police officers escorted Jones around the building Thursday. When he left, the locks were changed. The city manager says the officers were to help Jones packs and the locks were part of an overall security upgrade.

Jones father was previously the city's utility superintendent.

posted at 5:50PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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