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Phenix City terminations discussed at town hall meeting

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Sounds of shock permeated the air at Gaines Chapel AME church in Phenix City during a packed town hall meeting to discuss the recent firings of two who some are calling community staples. Sounds of shock permeated the air at Gaines Chapel AME church in Phenix City during a packed town hall meeting to discuss the recent firings of two who some are calling community staples.
PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

Hundreds of people packed into a Phenix City church Monday night seeking answers surrounding the recent firings of City Manager Wallace Hunter and Central High School football coach Woodrow Lowe.

News leader 9's Brittany Dionne sat down with Hunter for his first on-camera interview since being fired last week.

Sounds of shock permeated the air at Gaines Chapel AME church in Phenix City during a packed town hall meeting to discuss the recent firings of two who some are calling community staples.

"I've contemplated retirement and thought about it, but it's different when people start telling you what you are going to do because they want to stop you from doing the things that you are doing. I'm going to tell you some things tonight that you probably won't believe," said Hunter.

With council member Arthur Day by his side, former City Manager Wallace Hunter addressed the concerns of more than 800 supporters. He claims he was given no reason for his termination.

Hunter claims there had been a misunderstanding of power versus obligation, when it came to him performing the duties of his job.

He says he commonly faced opposition from Council member Chris Blackshear.

"He said the City Manager has too much power. I said, 'that's fine if that's what you believe, then change it. But, you got to change it.' You can't start interfering with personnel. Mrs. Head wanted to be on committees for hiring, that's a no-no by the charter. I guess if I would have went along and said, 'okay, lets ignore the charter, I could've got along better; I would've been liked," said Hunter.

Hunter also says he never received a full evaluation of his work performance. He says so far no one has provided proof he did anything wrong.

"The answer I got from them is…I just don't like him," said Hunter.

Another controversial firing on the agenda concerned Central High School football coach Woodrow Lowe.

Lowe was dismissed last Monday after four seasons as head of the Red Devils program. Principal Tommy Vickers says the administration wanted to go a different direction after Lowe led Central to 33 wins and 13 losses, but missed the playoffs for the first time this past season. Some members of the football team was present at the meeting. Coach Lowe spoke to the crowd.

"All you who know me, from year to year, that's all I ever done was football. I do know one thing, our kids are the most important thing we have!" said Lowe.

Lowe says he does not want his job back. He also had advice for his players - be good men, sons, brothers, husbands. Lowe's replacement at Central is expected to be hired in mid-June.

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