Palm Coast City Manager Matt Morton criticizes ex-employee on Facebook

Disruption at Palm Coast’s City Hall spilled over last week to the Facebook page of Alan Lowe, the candidate challenging Milissa Holland for mayor.

Lowe had posted a link to a News-Journal story about the recent resignation of Don Kewley, who had been the city’s chief innovations officer.

Kewley is one of several city officials who have resigned, been fired, or were given severance agreements under City Manager Matt Morton, who was hired in the spring of 2019. The latest high-level employee to leave the city was Jay Maher, who filed an ethics complaint against Holland earlier this year and retired on Tuesday after 18 years with the city. 

Kewley said he resigned because he believed Morton was going to fire him. Kewley’s resignation was the topic of the News-Journal story, Lowe posted. In the post, Lowe called for a “clean sweep” at City Hall.