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Residents react to Ft. Oglethorpe government shake up

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FT. OGLETHORPE, GA (WRCB) -- The day after the City of Fort Oglethorpe has a big shake up in its government, those living in the area are reacting to the changes.

The city is now in the process of looking for a new city manager, police chief and public works director.

Major changes hit Fort Oglethorpe city government after a specially called meeting Friday afternoon, first, with city manager Ron Goulart resigning.

"That was his decision, you know, he made that decision," says Mayor Lynn Long.

Goulart tells a different story.

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

Within 30 minutes of being appointed interim city manager, former city council member Harold Silcox fired police chief David Eubanks and public works director Jeff Long.

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

Mayor Long told Channel 3 in a previous interview he questioned Long's loyalty to the city when he voted to have a piece of city land de-annexed to the county, so the potential buyer could sell alcohol on Sunday.

"It's a black eye for the city," says Cindy Haplin.

Haplin grew up in Fort Oglethorpe and says the changes do not surprise her one bit.

"People try to say they'll do all these things once they get into politics, but they're really only getting in to it for themselves, just to get their things done," says Haplin.

Others have mixed reactions.

"It kind of shocked me a little, but really not that much because it seems to be sort of the status quo anymore." says Randall Conaway.

"Sometimes it can be a personal vendetta when someone comes in. But before anyone should jump the gun, maybe he just wanted to clean things up," says Brandy Bales.

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 is unclear who will handle his duties. 

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

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