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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.

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