County council votes to fire county administrator, accused of sleeping on the job
COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) -- County Administrator Gerald Seals is off the job after county council voted 6 to 5 Tuesday night to fire him.
Councilman Norman Jackson said the move came after several warnings from council. In addition to that, Jackson accuses Seals of hiring friends for county contracts and not being transparent with council members. "He's been sleeping several times, we're having a council meeting, and he's sleeping, we have to wake him,” Jackson said. "If you're not transparent to us well how can we be transparent to the citizens and at the end of the day the citizens are looking for council members for leadership, not to the administrator."
Until almost 11 Tuesday night council members went back and forth about whether to fire the administrator. Ultimately wanting to review Seals' contract and questioning if he could sue them. "Though I don't agree with everything he's done, and I will go on record and say that, but he has done nothing that is that egregious that would at 11 o clock at night tonight make a decision like this on that position,” Councilman Calvin Jackson said.
Seals wasn't present at Tuesday's meeting. WACH FOX News obtained a copy of his contract. According to the terms of the agreement, the county could owe seals more than $180,000 if he was fired before the end of the contract. "At the end of the day you have to make a decision,” Jackson said. “If he has a dispute or a concern or grievance I will listen to it, but he was warned."
In an email, Councilwoman Dahli Myers said, “Mr. Seals, a skilled professional, should not have been treated that way, no one should.” Right now, the administrator's assistant holds seals' position.