City Councilman to Pursue City Manager's Dismissal

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

A Topeka City Councilman says he is beginning the process to vote on firing City Manager Norton Bonaparte.

John Alcala announced on Jim Cates "cjonline" program Friday morning that he's working up a resolution seeking Bonaparte's dismissal. Six council members would need to approve it.

Alcala further detailed his reasons about it on "On the Other Hand" with Rauben and Meagan on AM-580 radio Friday afternoon.

Alcala told 13 News there have been a lot of issues that have cost the city money under his watch. Alcala says his decision is about accountability and trying to be more streamlined in government because the budgets aren't getting any better.

"Unless we look at some type of cost savings and have someone with a leadership role that will hold people accountable we're going to be in trouble," Alcala said.

Alacala also cited Bonaparte's inability to facilitate a better relationship between firefighters and Fire Chief Howard Giles as an example of ineffective leadership.

City spokesperson Dave Bevens says Bonaparte was out of the office and unavailable Friday and unavailable for comment. Bevens added Bonaparte generally has not responded to such criticism from Alcala.


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