Brookhaven City Manager Marie Garrett says the city’s new communications director has been relieved of her duties “after she exhibited conduct unbecoming of a city employee” at the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival.
“The change in staffing follows a thorough investigation by the city’s human resources director,” Garrett said in a statement issued by the city. “This is a personnel matter and that investigation is ongoing.”
WSB-TV reported that Rosemary Taylor, Brookhaven’s communications director since she was hired in March, was fired following remarks she made to a photographer at the city’s Cherry Blossom Festival. WSB quoted the photographer as saying Taylor objected to his use of two young models he planned to photograph to promote the festival, saying they were not “the type of people the city of Brookhaven wants representing it.”
Photographer Nelson Jones told the Champion newspaper he had been hired by the city of Brookhaven’s tourism manager to photograph the festival. Jones said he brought the two models, both teenagers, with him. One of the models was Asian and the other black, the newspaper’s website said.
Jones told the Champion that Taylor approached him and “was really irate.” He said he and the two teens were stunned by Taylor’s remarks.
Because the investigation is ongoing, city officials are not available for further comment at this time, the city’s statement said.