City manager fired, no explanation given

Without explanation, the Duluth City Council fired the first ever city manager about two years after he took the helm.

Tim Shearer, who was on administrative leave prior to the firing, did not attend Friday’s special session, which ended in an executive session to discuss a search for a replacement.

Officials have not discussed the reason for the administrative leave or termination, and have not yet responded to open records requests for information.

In a brief press release, officials said the termination was based “upon the mayor and council’s belief that the decision was in the best interest of the city. The mayor and council thank Mr. Shearer for his service to the city and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Officials said Shearer will be paid severance but information on the specifics was not immediately given.

“The public is kept pretty much in the dark,” one local resident, who did not wish to be named, said after the short council meeting. “I think our public servants should make us aware of it.”

Moments after the unanimous vote (Councilwoman Marsha Bomar did not attend because of a business trip), Councilman Greg Whitlock said he had received few requests from the public for information.

“This is a personnel matter, and we would prefer to not make an explanation,” he said. “It’s a matter of being respectful of everyone involved.”