Portsmouth auditor fired by city council

Posted at 9:04 PM, Apr 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 21:23:57-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Portsmouth Auditor Jesse Thomas was fired by city council Tuesday evening, according to Councilman Bill Moody.

Moody said city council voted 5-2 to “terminate the city auditor effective immediately.”

When asked why Thomas was fired, Councilman Moody said it was due to “almost three years of non-productivity and it’s an important high-paying position.”

Members who voted for Thomas’ termination were Vice Mayor Elizabeth Psimas, Councilmen Bill Moody, Paige Cherry, Curtis Edmonds and Danny Meeks. Portsmouth Mayor Kenny Wright and Councilman Mark Whitaker voted not to terminate Thomas.