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Port Arthur city manager is on his way out

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Port Arthur city manager Floyd Johnson has only held the position for a year-and-a-half and already his days with the city are numbered.

The council voted Thursday night to allow the city attorney to begin negotiating Johnson's exit.

Johnson's attorney David Bernsen said his client was caught off guard when 12News broke the story that several council members wanted Johnson fired.

Some claim they were not pleased with the progress of the city during Johnson's tenure.  But Councilman Willie Bae Lewis is not happy about how the situation was handled.

He said two council members approached Johnson last week, and gave him an ultimatum to quit or be fired.

Lewis said a man who oversees a $122 million dollar budget is being driven out by a group who probably could not run a snow cone stand.  But Lewis joined six other council members in voting to authorize City Attorney Val Tizeno to negotiate a separation agreement with Johnson.

Lewis said, "The manager and his attorney reached an agreement, if he's satisfied, then I'm satisfied with it."

However Lewis still believes the council micromanages the city manager, and he says that will hurt the city in the long run.

Lewis said, "It's going to be difficult to get a professional person to come and work for us because of the way the council treats people."

The other council members say they won't comment until the separation agreement is approved in a council meeting Monday morning at 9:00.

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