Turmoil within New Castle County government leadership

 NCCo Exec. Tom Gordon speaks in county council chambers in Wilmington.(File/WHYY)

NCCo Exec. Tom Gordon speaks in county council chambers in Wilmington.(File/WHYY)

Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi claims he was fired by County Executive Tom Gordon over the phone Thursday afternoon.

The firing was first reported by the News Journal Friday morning. Grimaldi told the paper:

“It was in the spur of the moment because I questioned him about his risk manager, who I think is his girlfriend,” Grimaldi said. “It was just, ‘[Expletive] you, David. You are fired.'” Said Grimaldi: “I put lipstick on that pig for three years, but it is a (expletive) pig.”

 

The firing was officially announced by the county’s director of communications, Antonio Prado, in an emailed statement that contained the understated headline: “County Executive Gordon moves New Castle County Government in a Different Direction.”

Prado said Gordon will appoint an acting CAO in the near future and that he would have no further comment on the matter.

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