published Friday, March 22nd, 2013, updated March 22nd, 2013 at 5:52 p.m.

Goulart steps down as Fort Oglethope city manager; Harold Silcox voted in as interim and then fires police chief

Former Fort Oglethorpe City Manager Ron Goulart
Former Fort Oglethorpe City Manager Ron Goulart
Ronnie Moore

In a special called City Council meeting this afternoon, Fort Oglethorpe City Manager Ron Goulart resigned, effective Monday.

Goulart, whose been city manager for three years, said he was forced to resign or be fired.

In the same meeting, Mayor Lynn Long nominated, former city councilman Harold Silcox, who was sitting in the audience, as the interim city manager.

The vote to hire him was 3-1, with Councilman Earl Gray casting the no vote.

Thirty minutes later, Silcox’s first acts were to fire Police Chief David Eubanks and Public Works Director Jeff Long.

Neither Long, who has worked for the city for 19 years, or Eubanks, who has been police chief for five years, were given a severance.

For complete coverage, see Saturday’s Times Free Press.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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