Special meeting set to find new Acting City Manager

by Michael Bush, - fbush@civitasmedia.com

A special meeting of the Altus City Council has been set for Friday, Jan. 22 at 4:30 p.m. in council chambers. The meeting is being held to, in executive session, discuss the employment, hiring, and appointment of an individual as the Acting City Manager.

In open session, council will then vote to appoint an Acting City Manager as authorized by the city’s charter, since there is a vacancy in the position of City Manager.

A special meeting of the City Council was held Thursday, Jan. 14 at which time City Manger David Fuqua was fired with severance pay. After declaring a vacancy in the position, City Attorney Catherine Coke was named as the Acting City Manager, and the hiring process for a new City Manager began.

At the Jan. 14 meeting Mayor Smiley said, “Mr. Fuqua’s employment was terminated in the best interest of the City and will receive a severance package per his employment agreement.”

David Fuqua took over as the City Manager for Altus in May 2015. He replaced acting City Manager Greg Buckley. Buckley had served in the role after the resignation of former City Manager Elizabeth Gray. Before Altus, Fuqua had been a city manager in six towns in three states, most recently Bloomfield, New Mexico.

The executive session and the matter of considering any motion and votes in open session relating to the executive session item, are the only items on the Jan. 22 agenda.

by Michael Bush,


Reach Michael Bush at fbush@civitasmedia.com

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