STAUNTON — At least 25 people are standing outside City Hall in downtown Staunton to rally in support of City Manager Steven Rosenberg before a closed city council meeting is about to start.
The agenda for the meeting includes two new items involving Rosenberg, who appears to be on his way out.
Council is planning to go into a closed meeting with legal counsel to discuss Rosenberg's departure and then appoint an interim city manager, according to the city's agenda.
"I am here because I'm very upset about the overall lack of transparency long-term, especially as it relates to the courthouse, but now it's culminated with this unfair forcing out of Steve Rosenberg," said Staunton resident Cindy Connors.
"He's been professional since he started with the city in 2013," said Connors. "I genuinely believe this action by city council is simply punitive because he doesn't do what they want. I guess he's an obstacle for them."
Connors also said she is hearing the person city council plans to appoint to replace Rosenberg will be someone other than Assistant City Manager Leslie Beauregard.
"It's in her job description to serve as city manager in his absence," said Connors, praising Beauregard. "I believe this wonderful city deserves open, transparent, professional government."
The News Leader will be covering the special meeting that starts at 1:15 p.m. and providing updates as information is made available to the public.
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