- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Mayor Joe Klejka says Bethel’s city council voted unanimously on Monday to fire its city manager.

The Anchorage Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1iMFe1a) that Lee Foley was fired after last week he admitted to violating city procurement and nepotism rules. However, Klejka maintains that authorizing the hiring of his son, and giving work to a construction company and Bethel’s former finance director without a competitive bidding process had been in the city’s best interests.

Klejka says council members commissioned an investigation by an Anchorage attorney that documented other violations, but few details have been released publicly.

He says the council fired Foley, simply, “because he wasn’t following Bethel municipal code.”

Foley, who had been suspended with pay since late April, did not immediately return a phone message Monday afternoon. He said last week he did not deserve to be fired.

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Information from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, https://www.adn.com

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