McComb’s city board fired city administrator Dirkland Smith after a short executive session during Tuesday night’s board meeting.

Selectman Donovan Hill asked to amend the agenda, calling for an executive session to discuss personnel matters. The board obliged in a unanimous vote.

The executive session lasted around 20 minutes, and Smith stormed out with his bag about halfway through the closed-door meeting.

Hill made the motion to fire Smith, and Selectman Ronnie Brock seconded. The vote was 4-2 with selectmen Michael Cameron and Ted Tullos opposing the dismissal.

Mayor Quordiniah Lockley declined to comment after the meeting.

This follows a previous attempt from Hill to terminate Smith that failed in a split vote 3-3 with the mayor breaking the tie.

Though Smith walked out of the closed-door meeting halfway through it, the board apparently debated other personnel matters as well. Police Chief Garland Ward was brought before the board as well as other city officials, but no vote followed the executive session, and board members would not elaborate on why the employees were summoned.

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