Volusia County

Deltona city manager to resign, leaders to hold special meeting

DELTONA, Fla. — Deltona's city manager is expected to resign, and the city is holding a special meeting Tuesday.

The announcement comes after leaders described her as micromanaging and creating a toxic environment at City Hall, while keeping commissioners in the dark about what's going on.

The Deltona City Council tried to fire her last week, but they only got four votes out of seven. They needed a supermajority of five.

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But it seems to have sent a message to City Manager Jane Shang that the support she enjoyed from the commission is no longer there.

City commissioners complained about her not keeping them in the loop about the deal to bring an Amazon distribution center to the city, her decision to use metal detectors at the city's 25th anniversary celebration or being investigated for voter fraud.

Commissioners say employees are leaving city hall at an alarming rate.

“The atmosphere is beyond toxic,” said City Commissioner, Anita Bradford.

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Bradford tried twice before, unsuccessfully, to have Shang removed. But last week, it was Mayor Heidi Herzberg who decide to make the motion.

One of those things the mayor says she found was a deal where she says the city manager agreed to allow a firefighter accused of several incidents of sexual harassment to retire and collect his full pension rather than be terminated or resign.

Other commission say they were in the dark, too.

“How many other things have been brought before and resolved without us knowing about it?” Bradford said.

The meeting to discuss her resignation will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.