Commission fires Bill Bridges

County commission votes 3-2 to fire the county engineer during Monday's meeting

Less than a week after Escambia County (Ala.) Engineer Bill Bridges was placed on paid administrative leave, the county commission voted 3-2 Monday to fire him from the position he's held the past 25 years.

Commissioner Brandon Smith made the motion to terminate Bridges' job as county engineer and Commissioner Larry White issued the second. On the roll-call vote Smith, White and Chairman Raymond Wiggins voted to fire Bridges. Commissioners Steven Dickey and Karean Reynolds voted no.

After the motion and second were given, Dickey and Reynolds voiced their concerns and support of Bridges keeping...