Atlantic Beach fired its three police officers, two municipal judges and four other town employees just hours after two new councilwomen took their seats Tuesday night.
The mass firings came after Carolyn Cole and Windy Price were sworn in at an emergency meeting. The S.C. Supreme Court earlier this month declared them winners of a contested 2009 election, and the justices upheld the ruling Friday.
Town Manager William Booker told The Sun News of Myrtle Beach he expected some changes with the new councilwomen, but what happened shocked him.
“It’s not unusual when leadership changes that they wanted to make some changes, but the magnitude of changes are more surprising,” Booker said.
The Town Council named Benny Webb interim town manager and told Booker to take three weeks of vacation. Booker said council members will decide if he gets to keep his job when he gets back.