The Compton City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to terminate its City Manager, Charles Evans.

After a five-hour meeting that lasted into the early Wednesday morning hours, the council made the decision based on what the mayor calls a desire to “go in a new direction.”

The city has appointed City Controller Willie Norfleet to fill the position while the council searches for a full-time replacement.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Evans could not be reached for comment, and council members declined to say why Evans was fired. “He did a good job for us while he was here, and I just think it was time to go in a new direction,” Perrodin said.

The top priority for the new city manager should be reestablishing the Compton Police Department, the mayor said. The council voted 3-2 in June to end the city’s contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and to reinstate the Compton Police Department.

The department was disbanded a decade ago amid political turmoil and rising violent-crime rates. Perrodin, a former Compton police officer, had been a proponent of bringing back the municipal force.

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