Just a few months after he was hired, the city manager of Millington, Tenn. was fired last night, according to city officials.
The board of alderman voted 4 to 3 last night to fire Thomas Christie, who was hired by the Tennessee community after
leaving the City of Salem under a separation agreement that, was reached while his termination was being sought.
Christie had been hired in late January by the Millington council, but his first budget was vetoed by the mayor and was scheduled to be readdressed last night.
In Christie’s budget proposal he called for a 19 percent tax increase, the layoff of 19 employees including 6 police officers and 6 firefighters and a 5 percent pay cut for the remaining employees.
His proposal outraged the community of just over 10,000 as its police department only employs 16 patrol officers. According to reports from Memphis news outlets, many in the community were calling for Christie to be fired.
According to his contract with the City of Millington, Christie will be entitled to 6 months’ severance pay at his $85,000 annual starting salary.
It is anticipated he will return be returning to Salem, as his home had not yet sold.