JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The shake-up in city hall is resonating like aftershocks from an earthquake, but Mayor Alvin Brown says the changes have have always been part of plan.
"We're gonna streamline government and operate more effectively and efficiently and I'm keeping my promise," said Brown.
The Jacksonville mayor accepted the resignations of his public works director and deputy director, even with projects in the ground like the new courthouse, but he said the city will be okay.
"At the end of the day, we're gonna have a great city and it is not about the individual, it is about the institution," he said.
Also gone are the two lead special events managers who coordinated events like the Florida-Georgia game, but again the mayor said the city will survive.
"We have some great public servants that work for this city," said the mayor.
When asked if there will be more layoffs, he said his focus is to reform city hall and this is the first phase.
"The goal is to operate more effectively and more efficiently, and so I'm going thorough that process now," he said
The mayor said he may fill some of the positions terminated but it will be part of a reorganization plan he will present to city council.
"I will make sure to have a reform plan to city council in several weeks," said Brown.
The mayor said the city's tax base has shrunk and he will not increase fees nor taxes to operate local government, it has to become more efficient.
First Coast News