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FORT OGLETHORPE, GA. (WRCB) -- In a special called, closed-door, Friday afternoon meeting, Fort Oglethorpe City Manager Ron Goulart resigned.

"That was his decision not, you know, he made that decision," says Mayor Lynn Long.

Mayor Lynn Long says Goulart wanted to quit.

Goulart tells a different story.

"I was approached by the mayor and one of the city council members, asking me to resign," says Goulart.

"You would like to be city manager," asks Channel 3.

"Oh, yes, yes, yes," replies Goulart.

Goulart says he was told if he didn't resign, he'd be voted out.

But he still doesn't understand why.

"I'm not really sure," Goulart replies, when asked why.

Following Goulart's resignation, Mayor Long nominated former city council member Harold Silcox as interim city manager.

A half-hour after being appointed, Silcox fired Police Chief David Eubanks.

"I have to take my gun and badge and turn it in as well as my keys," says Eubanks.

Nineteen-year city employee and public works director Jeff Long was next.

"The reason I was fired was for voting as a county commissioner for the resolution for the de-annexation," says Long.

"Who else do you plan to fire sir," Channel 3 asks Silcox.

Channel 3 attempted to ask Harold Silcox about the firings.

He refused to comment, citing personnel matters that not even he could keep straight.

"We're just going to wait for a while, okay," says Silcox.

"Who is the police chief right now," asks Channel 3.

"Wyrick, uh Eubanks, Chief Eubanks," replies Silcox.

"I thought he was fired just about 30 minutes ago," asks Channel 3.

"Yes, ma'am," replies Silcox.

"So who's in charge now that he's been fired," we ask.

"That will be up to the council, ma'am," says Silcox.

Silcox left the building, saying he felt good about his first day in office.

"Thank ya'll for your interest," Silcox says, while leaving.

But others worry about day two, and what it may bring.

"These men had an agenda that they were working on to get rid of key people in this city," says Louise Stinnett. "The people of Fort Oglethorpe better wake up and realize what's going on."

Goulart was given three months of severance. Long and Eubanks were not given one at all.

Long says he plans to appeal his firing. It's unclear who will handle his duties.

Late Friday evening, field training officer Jeff Holcomb was named interim chief of police.

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