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Published September 25, 2013, 09:53 PM

West Fargo public works director fired

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - West Fargo's longtime public works director has been fired.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - West Fargo's longtime public works director has been fired.

Mayor Rich Mattern says the city is restructuring the public works department.

Barry Johnson says he has no idea why he was let go.

He says he was sitting at his desk Monday afternoon, when he was told changes were being made - and it was time for him to find another place to go.

Johnson has worked for the city for nearly 20 years.

His salary was about 111 thousand dollars a year.

Mayor Rich Mattern, West Fargo: “Every company struggles with decisions like that and I think a city is no different. Mr Johnson, we wish him well in his future endeavors, he was close to a 20 year employee so situations like that are never pleasant.”

Johnson has 10 days to appeal the termination to the City Commission. Assistant Public Works Director Chris Brungardt will take over on an interim basis.

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