Signal Mountain votes to fire City Manager Chris Dorsey

Signal Mountain votes to fire City Manager Chris Dorsey

January 13th, 2014 by David Cobb in Local Regional News

Chris Dorsey

Chris Dorsey

Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press.

Eight months after unanimously selecting Chris Dorsey as town manager, the Signal Mountain Town Council fired him Monday night at its monthly meeting.

In what Councilman Dick Gee called "nothing more than a smear campaign" the five-person Town Council voted 3-2 to terminate Dorsey for failing to meet the expectations of his job.

Councilwoman Annette Allen motioned for Dorsey's termination, Vice Mayor Susan Robertson seconded it and Signal Mountain Mayor Bill Lusk provided the necessary third vote to oust Dorsey, who left his seat next to Robertson immediately after the vote.

Gee and Council member Bill Wallace voted against the motion and voiced outspoken opposition to it.

Wallace also seemed unsure of the reasoning behind Dorsey's dismissal, even after the Town Council discussed the issues on Friday at a work session when Dorsey was permitted to explain the qualms presented to him by the unhappy members of the council.

"I think this is just wrong," Wallace said. "I think this is not a good thing."

At Lusk's recommendation,council members met with Dorsey between Friday and Monday to discuss their conflicts, but no resolution could be reached.