The Brenham City Council plans to meet next week to appoint an interim city manager.
This comes after the council voted 5-2 following a three-hour executive session on Thursday to terminate the contract of City Manager James Fisher, effective immediately.
Mayor Milton Tate, who voted against the termination along with Councilmember Albert Wright, said in a statement this (Friday) afternoon that, “This decision was not taken lightly nor did it come easily.” He said the city thanks Fisher for his service and hopes for “nothing but good things for him in the future.”
Mayor Tate declined comment to KWHI immediately after Thursday’s meeting. When asked for comment today, he said this is an “ongoing personnel issue” and will not speak on the matter until it is resolved.
KWHI has also reached out to Mayor Pro Tem Clint Kolby, City Attorney Cary Bovey and Fisher. Kolby deferred to Mayor Tate for comment, while Bovey and Fisher have not responded.
Fisher’s contract was set to expire on January 10, 2022, following a one-year extension by the council in October 2020.
Fisher became Brenham’s city manager in January 2018 after the retirement of Terry Roberts, who served 17 years in the position. Prior to his time in Brenham, Fisher served as city manager in Forney, east of Dallas.