Mahaney Fired as Deerfield Beach City Manager

Commissioner Marty Popelsky broke a 2-2 tie on the Deerfield Beach City Commission this evening, voting in favor of a resolution that terminated Mike Mahaney, the city manager of more than two years.

The meeting was civil, by Deerfield Beach standards anyway. Commissioners Joe Miller and Sylvia Poitier teamed up with Mahaney to try to coax Popelsky into agreeing to a 90-day trial period, during which Mahaney would be expected to improve his performance and hire an assistant city manager who could step in if Mahaney didn't make the grade.

But that would have led to another showdown in mid-March when the city's going to be in the heat of its negotiations with its firefighters union. We'll post video when it becomes available.

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