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County finance director was fired Tuesday

Grady County Finance Director Mary Mayer was terminated from her job Tuesday following a closed door meeting of the Grady County Commission that lasted more than an hour.
Once the meeting was reopened to the public, County Administrator Carlos Tobar made the recommendation to terminate Mrs. Mayer effective immediately.
Commission Vice Chairman T.D. David offered a motion to accept the recommendation and Commissioner Charles Norton seconded it. Commissioners then voted unanimously to accept Tobar’s recommendation and to terminate the finance director who has been employed in that capacity since Aug. 7, 2006.
Tobar would not comment on the reasons for his recommendation, but Commission Chairman Billy Poitevint said the finance director was being terminated primarily for insubordination.
Mayer and County Clerk Carrie Kines filled in as managers of county business following the death of the late Rusty Moye on Sept. 27, 2012, and during the eight months that passed until the hiring of Tobar earlier this year.
The former finance officer was out of the office due to illness Tuesday when the board met.
According to Tobar, the county will look to hire a temporary replacement and immediately begin a review of job descriptions before recruiting a full-time replacement.
“We will likely look for an accounts manager. I, as county administrator, serve as the budget officer. First and foremost, we want to be responsive and responsible to our citizens and vendors the county does business with. It is critical we pay our bills and pay them on time,” Tobar said.
Commissioners Tuesday morning authorized County Clerk Carrie Kines to sign payroll checks and they authorized office clerk Blair Bracewell to sign purchase orders issued through the county commission office.
At the end of the meeting, Commissioner LaFaye Copeland described the board’s action as being a “tough decision, but one that had to be made.”

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