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Update to City Manager Statement

After continued discussions, Matthew Petty and I have agreed that it is in the best interest of the City of Boynton Beach that we mutually separate employment.

Both parties agree that this decision will allow the City of Boynton Beach to move forward.


Posted June 6, 2020, 1:54 p.m.

As City Manager, I have concluded a preliminary investigation regarding the inappropriate decisions made by City employees in respect to the public artwork that was installed and subsequently removed at the City’s new Fire Station #1.

The decision made to alter the artwork that was approved by the Public Arts Commission was wrong and disrespectful to our community. Every employee in the City of Boynton Beach works for its community. As a leader, I have been very clear that I will not tolerate any employee to be disrespectful, in any shape or form, to any members of our community.

Therefore, effective immediately, I have terminated Debby Coles-Dobay, Public Arts Manager and removed Matthew Petty as the Chief of the Fire Rescue Department. The decisions were difficult but necessary.

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