UPDATE: Kingman city manager fired

Kingman City Manager Frank Soukup fired after a series of closed door meetings

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KINGMAN, Kan. -- Kingman City Manager Frank Soukup was fired Thursday evening. The dismissal came after several closed meetings. The 3-2 vote to fire him was announced late Thursday night.

KAKE news spoke with two Commissioners Friday who were on opposite sides of the vote.

Asked what the cause of the firing was, Commissioner Dick Neville says, "It was a personnel issue that he did for our outgoing police chief. It was a severance package that he gave to our outgoing chief Marc Holloway."

Neville says Manager Soukup gave Holloway two months severance pay when he resigned January 3rd. Neville says he agrees with the severance.

Commissioners Neville and Charlus Bishop voted against firing Soukup.

But Mayor Liz Madden, Vice Mayor Stan Hacker and Commissioner Roland Belcher voted to fire the manager.

Vice Mayor Hacker says, "I'm the one who made the motion to fire him."

Hacker says he didn't like how the manager was handling the issues surrounding a KBI investigation into the activities of former Police Chief Holloway. Hacker says, "We were having a communication problem, a definite communication problem. And what the city commission thought was right and what the city manager thought was right."

Thursday City Manager Soukup told KAKE news he put Holloway on paid administrative leave in late November while the KBI investigated. Mayor Liz Madden says, "The commissioners have been left in the dark and we're not happy about that. I don't like the public not being told. I think this has been handled improperly."

Commissioner Charlus Bishop says there are a lot of rumors and untruths flying around about this. Bishop says, "It's time to close the book on this and move on."

A search for a new City Manager is expected to begin Friday.

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