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Councilmen, Alexander offer closing thoughts

If you couldn't attend Tuesday night's late-running Greenville city council meeting, here are audio clips from the minutes after the council emerged from its executive session.

The Greenville city council voted 5-2 to dismiss city manager Steven Alexander on May 14.  The vote came after a long, emotional public commentary period and a similarly lengthy closed session.

About half of the roughly 100 people present at the meeting's 6 p.m. start remained shortly after 10 p.m., when the council emerged from private session. Before the council voted on Alexander's contract, two council members offered brief statements.

Place 3 councilman Jeff Dailey spoke first and explained his intent to vote to fire Alexander.

Place 1 councilman Dan Perkins then explained his opposition to Alexander's imminent dismissal.

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Dan Perkins

The council then voted on the matter. Mayor Steve Reid, newly elected Place 2 councilman James Evans, Dailey, Place 5 councilwoman Renee Francey and Place 6 councilwoman Sandra Linson-Bell voted to terminate Alexander's contract. Perkins and Place 4 councilwoman Velma Del Bosque-Hobdy voted to keep Alexander on staff.

The evening ended with Alexander himself offering a final statement.

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Steven Alexander

The above audio clips are unedited ("raw") audio.

Mark Haslett has served at KETR since 2013. Since then, the station's news operation has enjoyed an increase in listener engagement and audience metrics, as well recognition in the Texas AP Broadcasters awards.
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