PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — In a unanimous vote, the City Manager of Panama City Beach has been fired.
Thursday night, the Panama City Beach City Council took action in terminating City Manager Tony O’Rourke in a unanimous vote. The item was added to the agenda by Mayor Mark Sheldon who said this has stemmed from many issues.
“Personally I just had the issues that I spoke about this evening and there were numerous for me,” Sheldon said. “I wanted to make sure that they heard other members obviously felt the same way.”
Sheldon said he feels O’Rourke is not fit to manage this city and he is causing more harm than good.
He did not share his feelings about maintaining a good relationship with neighboring city’s and failed to attend the monthly city manager meetings hosted by the Bay County Chamber of Commerce.
The councilmen feel O’Rourke has been hiding information from them and has not handled situations such as the hectic Memorial Day weekend professionally. Each Councilman was able to state their reasoning why they believe this move is best for the city.
Michael Jarman was the only one who felt this might not be the best thing for the city but ultimately chose to get rid of O’Rourke in the end.
The now former city manager left promptly after the vote.
The Panama City Beach City Council will be holding a special meeting Tuesday, February 16, at 9 a.m. at City Hall to discuss replacing O’Rourke.