As of Monday, Sunflower County is currently without a full-time county administrator.
County Administrator Fred Washington was terminated by the Sunflower County Board of Supervisors on Monday, effective immediately.
Shortly after the beginning its open session, Board President Riley Rice called for a closed and then an executive session to discuss personnel matters in the accounting and solid waste departments.
He then asked Washington to leave the room.
Upon returning to open session, Board Attorney Johnny McWilliams announced that Washington's services were being discontinued as of Monday.
The vote was 3-2 vote with Rice, District 5 Supervisor Gloria Dickerson and District 3 Supervisor Ben Gaston voting yes and District 1 Supervisor Glenn Donald and District 4 Supervisor Anthony Clark voting no.
McWilliams said, "The board took official action this executive session to terminate Fred Washington as the County Administrator effective today with two-weeks of severance pay."
He said the board also expressed a desire to return to a system by which the county’s chancery clerk would also serve as the county administrator. No other action was reported from that executive session.
Washington was overseeing multiple county operations at the time of his dismissal, including the waste management pilot program that was launched this summer.
The board had previously hired Keon McCloud as the solid waste manager, so he will remain in place, in that position.
Prior to being hired by the county, Washington had served a short tenure as Sunflower County's economic developer, before leaving that position for the administrator's post.