- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Despite having the backing of the audience, suspended City Manager Richard Kirby was ousted from his position by the East Providence City Council following a 2 ½-hour session.

Councilors on Wednesday voted 3-2 to terminate Kirby, who was suspended in August in response to a slew of grievances against the Rumford man.

The complaints involved Kirby’s move to dismiss city human resources director Kathleen Waterbury, allegations that he paid his predecessor for unused vacation time and that he struck deals involving tax sale properties.

With a new lawyer in tow, Kirby addressed each claim himself and called the situation a “farce.”

Kirby maintains his firing is political blowback for prior complaints he made against Mayor Thomas Rose.

Rose was one of the three votes in favor of terminating Kirby.

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