By a 4 to 0 vote the Statesboro City Council approved the appointment of Robert Cheshire as interim City Manager at their meeting Tuesday morning. He replaces Frank Parker who was fired last week for allegedly violating the state’s open meeting law by discussing city business in private meetings. Municipal Court Judge Keith Barber is consulting with an outside attorney who has no connections with the city over allegations made by Parker that City Attorney Alvin Leaphart and city council members had also met with councilmen in private.
Cheshire, 51, has served as city engineer for more than 15 years. Mayor Jan Moore told the council Tuesday a formal six months contract will be drawn up in time for the next council meeting July 15. The interim contract will expire December 31 but Cheshire will have the option to apply for the position full time.
A member of the engineer staff will be named as interim city engineer.
Parker was fired in a called council meeting June 24 after he said in a June 19 staff meeting he at times had met in private to discuss city business with a quorum of councilmen. He claimed that he had seen Leaphart meeting in his office with council members. Leaphard denied the allegation.