COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - City manager Isaiah Hugley got his wish Tuesday night, after a six to three vote by Columbus city council to remove Tony Adams as the director of Columbus parks and Recreation. "
It was apparent to me that Adams failed to respond to his immediate supervisor deputy city manager Lisa Goodwin honestly and accurately regarding questions that he had executed contracts with Nike," Hugley said.
During the initial Parks and Recreation investigation, Isaiah Hugley says he and a deputy city manager questioned Adams about contracts made with Nike, himself, and the elite basketball team the Blazers.
Hugley says Adams responded "No" to all of their questions. At Tuesday night's meeting, the city manager presented a contract signed by Adams and asked for his removal. Adams' attorney Shevon Thomas was at the council meeting claiming his client was misled in the investigation.
"When Tony Adams said I did not bound the city to any contractual obligations, he spoke the truth," Thomas said.
Citizens also came to Adams' defense in the meeting, but only three councilors voted to leave him suspended without pay.
"I must respect the process I think it was fair, I think I had more than an ample opportunity, a couple of citizens came up and spoke, and there were city council members there who said what they said. This process was about the only fair thing with the entire Tony Adams thing," Thomas said.
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