Lawton City Manager Larry Mitchell fired

Lawton_A stunning development Tuesday night from Lawton City Hall where the City Council voted to fire City Manager Larry Mitchell.

The vote followed a long debate behind closed doors during executive session, and when the council returned, Mayor Fred Fitch announced that no action was taken.  That's when Doug Wells made a motion to terminate Mitchell's contract, effective immediately.

The vote was 5-4 to terminate, with Wells, Bill Shoemate, Michael Tenis, Richard Zarle and Rosemary Bellino-Hall voting in favor.

After the vote, Mayor Fitch called it unfair.  Councilman George Moses angrily questioned Wells, and called it the most deceitful thing he'd seen the council do.  He also asked for an investigation into whether the other council members had discussed the action before the vote.  Mayor Fitch said he would take it up with the Attorney General Wednesday morning.