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Riviera Beach Councilman Davis admits he has no documents to support firing of city manager

Posted at 5:41 PM, Nov 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-09 04:08:05-05

The City of Riviera Beach met its deadline, responding to a judge's order to turn over documents that Councilman Terence Davis said he had to support his motion to fire City Manager Jonathan Evans on Sept. 20. 

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Davis responded in a signed affidavit saying that he "is not in possession or aware of" those documents. 

This is what he said when he motioned to fire Evans for cause, for misfeasance: 

"So, I will not give the specifics on what was done," Davis said on Sept. 20, "But there was a series of things that really put this city in a bad position. And we have the documentation and information to also support that information."

Those documents, Judge Blanc made clear on Tuesday, would be public record. 

Tradrick McCoy, a resident of Riviera Beach, filed a lawsuit demanding those documents to be released. What he got instead on Oct. 13, was the minutes of seven council meetings. 

In Wednesday's affidavit, Davis said that that Oct. 13 letter is responsive to his public records request. 

Judge Blanc, on Tuesday, already said he found it hard to believe that the minutes of the meetings, which are available online, is what Davis was referring to on Sept. 20 and said he may have to call an evidentiary hearing. 

McCoy can now decide whether those records are sufficient for his request. If not, it is up to the judge whether or not to set an evidentiary hearing.