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Evermore CID: Board fires Harrell

SNELLVILLE - The board of directors for the Evermore Community Improvement District fired Executive Director Brett Harrell during a specially called meeting Friday.

The vote occurred three days after a judge ruled that a March recall election for two board members in the CID was conducted legally. Two members of the eight-person board, Ken Shiver and Dean Robinson, were recalled in the election.

The board voted to fire Harrell without cause and appointed Snellville's former interim city manager Jim Brooks as acting executive director. Board members also rehired David Stedman to fill the renamed position of economic development coordinator.

"I think the CID has lost a lot of momentum over the last six months," Stedman said. "My job is to focus on the positive and try to restore the momentum."

Stedman, originally hired in August, was fired in December by Harrell. The move split the board and led to the stalemate of the past six months.

Board members decided Stedman would report to Forrest Adair, elected as board chairman Friday, until a permanent executive director is hired.

Brooks will receive $7,500 per month, and Harrell will receive $31,250 in severance pay.

"I'm very proud of my six years of service," Harrell said. "We've accomplished tremendous things in this (U.S. Highway 78) corridor."