: I was forced to leave
By Jonathan Allen Fort Mill Times
(Published July 7, 2005)TEGA CAY -- The city administration recently announced that Tega Cay Code Enforcement Officer John Dervay was retiring July 1.
own announcement claiming he
was essentially forced out.
Last Thursday the city sent an e-mail to more than 35 city officials, community board members, media organizations and developers announcing Dervay's retirement.
It read: "Pursuant to the transition plan set forth prior to Chris Rice coming on board at City Hall, John Dervay
has exercised his right - after over 9 years of valuable service - to do that which brought him to our City to begin with; namely, Retire!
will retire effective July 1st."The message went on to say Dervay's service and knowledge would be missed, and to inform everyone that Tega Cay Planning Director Chris Rice will fill Dervay's shoes.
Less than an hour after the city sent its message, Dervay
sent one of his
own, claiming the city was being less than honest in the announcement.
As of press time Tuesday, the Fort Mill Times
was unable to reach Dervay
"My understanding was that John
had chosen to retire on June 30," Councilman Les Conner said echoing Kirby's recollection of the situation.
"John's knowledge of the city is so extensive that there was some discussion of continuing to do some work with him on a contract basis, and I hope we are able to work that out with him," Kirby said."But I want him to enjoy his
Kirby also said that as far as he
understood it, the city hired Rice with the intention of him replacing Dervay
.Kirby and Conner said they didn't know where the misunderstanding between Dervay and the city arose.
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